NVM Express at EMC World

Posted on: June 5, 2012

I spent the week of May 20th at EMC World, and I am still recovering!  There was so much to see and do: 42 new product announcements 13,000+ attendees 400+ breakout sessions, hands-on labs, and interactive gatherings 100+ exhibitors and sponsors A presentation screen longer than a football field A wrap-around dome screen 3D theatre, playing “The EMC Experience” This list only scratches the surface.  You need to visit http://www.emcworld.com/, and check it out for yourself. 

NVMe Tames the Digital Deluge

Posted on: April 26, 2012

The growth of digital content, currently 50 percent per year, presents a strong secular expansion opportunity for storage over the next decade.  Getting timely access to that data is essential to improving the user experience in an array of cutting edge applications.  The introduction of PCIe based SSDs has shattered the performance ceiling of legacy storage interfaces.  A PCIe interface can deliver 4GB/sec data rate and devices have demonstrated over one million IOPs on a mainstream CPU platform.  The new NVMe interface protocol is targeted at these high performance applications.  NVMe enables both a standard driver to be written for each OS and interoperability between implementations which reduces OEM qualification cycles.  NVMe frees SSDs from legacy protocol support requirements and enables the next level of performance.  Existing software investments are preserved by use of the NVMe standard drivers that are available for all the major operating systems. 

PCIe Storage for Enterprise Applications

Posted on: April 4, 2012

Oracle is a vendor of software, hardware, and integrated engineered systems with advanced system architectures that are optimized for Oracle applications from the ground up. …

NVMe Infrastructure Coming Together

Posted on: March 14, 2012

The infrastructure is coming together to support a complete NVMe based PCIe SSD solution. The NVMe specification is now at 1.0c with a new level…

NVMe Momentum

Posted on: March 7, 2012

I am excited to see the tremendous progress in the NVMe ecosystem over the past few months.  The Linux NVMe driver has been…

SSD Drives Promise

Posted on: October 11, 2011

SSD drives promise to enhance storage performance, but a new host-interface standard holds the key  By Kam Eshghi http://www.networkworld.com/news/tech/2011/080811-ssd.html Flash-memory-based solid-state disks (SSDs) provide faster random access and data transfer rates than electromechanical drives and today can often serve as rotating-disk replacements, but the host interface to SSDs remains a performance bottleneck. PCI Express (PCIe)-based SSDs together with an emerging standard called NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory express) promises to solve the interface bottleneck. SSDs are proving useful today, but will find far more broad usage once the new NVMe standard matures and company's deliver integrated circuits that enable closer coupling of the SSD to the host processor. ANALYSIS: SSD could ultimately replace hard disk drives, Hitachi CTO says