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The Competitive Benefit of NVMe SSDs in the Data Center

11/5/2018


CPU and DRAM technologies have advanced a lot over the last several years. Sadly, HDD storage, and current storage I/O protocols have failed to keep pace with data. NVME is the solution to address this issue. NVMe is the new standard interface for PCIe SSDs. It is designed specifically for its Flash and NVM technology features and helps open up new PCIe infrastructure directions. The result is that applications are now faster and expedite more of the existing hardware resources without overhauling the whole system. From a financial point of view, NVMe enables applications to realize their true potential and maximum ROI on servers, storage, and I/O technology investments.

NVMe is aimed at reducing the software overhead between applications and storage in all-flash systems. Flash-based storage systems typically use SAS (serial-attached SCSI) links from their controller processors to communicate to flash, but SAS relies on the legacy protocol SCSI, which was originally developed for use with slower hard-disk drives. 

By equipping NVMe storage, customers benefit from reduced latency, increased Input/Output operations per second (IOPS), and enjoy lower power consumption. This means that systems can do more work in less time with lower costs and increased revenues. As NVMe technology reaches the majority, costs decline and with that, storage performance requirements rise, so enterprises will be more willing to adopt flash-based storage systems that implement NVMe. Customers can have more powerful systems in a smaller footprint that uses less energy with NVMe-based applications.


For server managers that are weighing up SCSI versus NVMe technology for their next server storage platform, they will find anyone familiar with SAS/SCSI and AHCI/SATA storage devices will have no problem to apply and manage NVMe, even though NVMe is a new protocol, it leverages existing SAS/SCSI skillsets. Since NVMe-enabled storage appears to a host server or storage appliance as a LUN (LOGIC UNIT NUMBER) or volume, OS like Windows, Linux can easily be utilized.

While there still going to be a lot of SA/SCSI-based all-flash storage systems sold over the next several years, we believe customers that are searching for increased infrastructure capacity, can get more workload done on a smaller platform with NVMe. 

Applications/Environments

  • Cloud, hyperscale, enterprise and high performance computing (HPC)
  • Virtualized computingOnline Transaction Processing (OLTP)
  • Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)
  • High Frequency Trading (HFT)
  • Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)

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