Annual Members Meeting and Developer Day Recap: Driving Simplicity with NVMe


By Amber Huffman

Last month, we hosted our 2019 NVMe Annual Members Meeting and Developer Day—supported by Platinum Sponsor Toshiba Memory and Association Sponsor SNIA—in sunny Fremont, California. Over 100 NVMe technology experts were onsite collaborating on the latest advancements to the NVMe specifications and exhibiting their groundbreaking NVMe technology-enabled products.

The Developer Day portion of the event provided a fantastic learning opportunity for members and the general public to hear about opportunities and successes in storage. Member companies contributed their expertise on a range of relevant topics including NVMe compliance and interoperability testing, the relationship between NVMe and upcoming technologies like PCI Express 5.0 and the opportunities associated with upcoming NVMe technologies such as Zoned Namespaces.

If you were unable to attend the event, you can review the Developer Day presentation slides here and watch the video recordings here. Members can also download the presentations from the members-only portion of the NVMe website here.

I also want to offer a warm thank you to our sponsors whose contributions made this event possible: Toshiba Memory, Seagate, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Chelsio Communications, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, Inc., Teledyne LeCroy and University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).

What’s on the horizon for 2019?

In 2018, experts touted the NVMe specification as the new language of storage, and we are preparing to make an even bigger splash in 2019. The demand for NVM Express technology is exploding in a range of markets. Forward Insights predicts that in 2019 alone, NVMe will ship over 32 Petabytes in server (Cloud and Enterprise) and 46 Petabytes in the client– a huge growth curve from the 20+ Petabytes in server and 23+ Petabytes in client in 2018. As NVMe architecture continues to establish itself as the go-to protocol standard for solid-state drives – whether these SSDs use NAND Flash or new storage class memories – we at the NVM Express organization will continue providing the features and capabilities that enable the interface to continue to prosper into the future.

At its core, NVM Express technology has always been fast, simple and scalable. Our goal—now more than ever before—is to drive simplicity in a world of complexity. We have a few exciting advancements coming down the pipeline: including the newly updated NVM Express 1.4 Base Specification and the NVMe Management Interface 1.1 specification as well as the pending release of the NVM Express over Fabrics 1.1 specification that includes recent additions like NVMe/TCP. More information on our new developments will be available soon.

If you’ve hesitated in the past, now is the perfect time to join NVM Express, Inc. Members not only help mold the specifications, but they have the unique opportunity to voice their thoughts on where the specifications should be headed and early access to draft revisions. I invite you to review the member benefits and sign up today.

Thank you again to all of our members for making this another constructive and successful Annual Members Meeting and Developer Day!