There’s no doubt that Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) has taken the technology world by storm. We know that NVMe drives are designed to deliver speed, future readiness, accessibility and agility. Since its introduction, we were convinced about the ‘why’ of NVMe. So now let’s take a moment to talk about the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of this remarkable technology.
Flash and SSDs, which are based on Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) technology are fast and have very low latency. But traditionally Flash and SSDs emulated HDDs and used much slower SCSI interface to communicate with other parts of the computing platform. This stopped users from exploiting the full potential of the NVM performance. And hence Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) came in to being. It’s a collection of standards or protocols that defines how NVM media should be accessed and managed over a PCI Express bus, allowing users to benefit further from the high performance and low latency of Flash and SSD media.
Now, how do you extend that advantage over to the external storage appliances that offer Flash and SSD media but are connected through a mesh of networking fabric? That’s where NVMe-oF or NVMe over Fabric interface standards come into play. NVMe-oF offers extremely fast data communication from the enterprise storage appliance to the servers, which allows clients to take full advantage of the Flash and SSDs in the external storage. NVMe-oF provides flexible options of running the protocol over IP or FC based on client preference.
To summarize, NVMe and NVMe - oF are powerful a combination of performance and simplicity.
So, what about storage?
With the growing popularity of Public Cloud, NVMe can offer accelerated performance from storage to application specially in environments that include both on-prem and public cloud components.
NVMe offers lower cost, at an almost optimal performance which is an acceptable ideal for many businesses.
It’s important to understand the difference between various protocols along with Storage and SAN equipment selections to take advantage of this latest technology breakthrough in storage.
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