The inspiration for Cachengo started with our visionary CEO and Founder, Ash Young, who has spent the last 30+ years pioneering new technology in the storage industry.
The storage architecture and software stack that is commonplace today was his idea over 20 years ago, back when most people had never even heard of Linux or open source. As the status quo eventually reached obsolescence, the time finally seemed right to make a change.
The genesis for Network Attached Storage (NAS) was to solve a multi-protocol problem. Once upon a time, various departments utilized different operating systems that had their own protocols for communicating. This created a very expensive multi-dialect problem within companies, which extended to an even bigger problem between companies. NAS solved this problem very efficiently. However, over the past 20 years, NAS has become the core building block of today’s Cloud storage. But it’s the wrong architecture for today’s needs. Rather than solving a very expensive problem, it is now the main contributor to an even bigger problem than the one solved back in the 1990s.
Ash recognized that the solution wasn’t to be found in bigger and faster chips or in creating faster versions of disk drives. The solution was a different architecture. Rather than changing the core components or building blocks within today’s storage solutions, a simple re-architecture of how things are organized could amass a much more significant reduction in power consumption while delivering much higher performance and new capabilities.
We set out to provide the best performing and easiest to deploy storage systems to meet the increased global demands for Edge Computing, Machine Learning (ML), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) by replacing the over-use of single, large CPUs with several smaller ones, embedded onto each drive to perform localized computing where the data actually sits.
We set forth on a path to dramatically alter the status quo computing paradigm that relies heavily on migrating data from disk, to CPU, back to disk – to one where the computing is truly distributed and is driven to each drive. This results in a dramatic reduction in data center footprint and greenhouse gases in the environment.
While many in our company began their careers in Silicon Valley, we wanted a location that would allow us to easily bring manufacturing back to the United States. After much soul-searching we decided to plant our roots in West Tennessee, which we now proudly call our home.
It is for this reason we made the conscious decision to have final assembly, testing and QA all based in our facilities located in the heart of Tennessee. We felt strongly that we could bring trust and confidence back to the manufacturing of computing equipment, while also creating many new jobs at higher wages.
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