NVMe is quickly emerging as a replacement for legacy interconnect protocols between compute and storage. It promises to shatter performance barriers that have become limiting since the mainstream adoption of flash. As flash has become a more viable option for organizations, storage vendors are moving quickly to add this fast interface to their products. In some cases, entire new companies are being born, focusing on flash-first approaches to storage.
Disk-based protocols such as SAS and SATA work well for spinning disks, but develop serious constraints when deployed in flash systems. As an example, these disk-based protocols were developed to handle seek time induced latency issues, which do not exist in flash systems. The NVMe protocol is highly optimized for simultaneous reads and writes.
We wanted to assess people’s thoughts, opinions, and understanding of this evolving protocol, so we partnered up with ActualTech Media. The industry research firm reached out to 399 IT professionals and decision makers to get a better understanding of what people really think about NVMe and how it may impact their organization.
There are three key findings:
Finding 1: Believe the Hype!
It’s clear from this survey that the benefits of NVMe are probably not being overhyped. Those who have direct experience with NVMe are reporting some impressive outcomes.
Finding 2: NVMe and Real-Time Workloads Are Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter
Respondents identified real-time workloads as the biggest beneficiaries of an NVMe performance boost. Given how NVMe impacts workload performance, this assessment is spot on.
Finding 3: Large Businesses Fear That Their Current Flash Systems Won’t Keep Up
Flash is fast, but it’s only as fast as all the components that sit between it and applications. NVMe aims to eliminate interconnect bottlenecks and unleash the full power of flash. For larger organizations, this transformation cannot come soon enough. Just 26% of enterprise respondents say that flash is exceeding their expectations. It’s clear that larger companies are concerned about potentially exhausting the performance limits of their flash-based storage systems.
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