NVMe is an acronym that stands for nonvolatile memory express, a protocol designed to speed up the transfer of data between enterprise and client systems and flash memory systems, such as solid-state drives (SSDs). In acting as a logical interface with flash media, NVMe capitalizes on the critical performance characteristics of SSDs, including their nonvolatility, high bandwidth, low latency and internal parallelism.
NVMe is poised to replace historic specifications, such as SATA and SAS, which were designed to interface with hard drives, not flash drives. These protocols are limited in both speed and maximum throughput, making them inadequate for the storage and speed demands of the future.
The development of the NVMe specification began in 2007, in response to growing data volumes and market demand for faster data availability and transfer speeds. An industry working group led by Intel started to work on the problem, and the first NVMe protocol appeared on Intel’s website in early 2008. The technical work needed to launch this new standard began in 2009 and was conducted by the NVM Express Workgroup, which included more than 90 businesses.
It wasn’t until 2012 that NVMe chipsets were commercially available, marketed by Integrated Device Technology. In 2013, Samsung launched a new enterprise drive supporting the NVMe standard. Samsung promoted the acceleration benefits of this drive, including a 3GB/s read rate: six times faster than previous offerings. By 2014, NVMe drives were widely available.
Today, the initial working group has evolved to become NVM Express, Inc. More than 65 companies belong to this group, which owns the NVMe standard and promotes its use. Its board of directors includes representatives from Cisco, Dell, EMC, HGST, Intel, Micron, Microsoft, NetApp, Oracle, PMC, Samsung, SanDisk and Seagate.
Companies are overwhelmed with data today, but also data-starved: Their aging technology investments struggle to provide immediate information accessibility, quicker transfer rates and faster read/write speeds.
By using the NVMe protocol to make greater use of flash capabilities, companies can enjoy significantly lower latency. With response times as low as 70 microseconds, NVMe-enabled systems make an enormous difference in how quickly an organization can access data and use it to make fact-based decisions in critical areas of the business.
With the introduction of its Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform 5000 series, Hitachi Vantara has established itself as an industry leader in helping organizations capitalize on the benefits of NVMe today. At the same time, we prepare them for a future in which NVMe is certain to assume a much larger role.
Not only does the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform 5000 series provide your organization with a new level of speed and responsiveness, but it also offers unparalleled data security, task automation and scalability. And the platform is backed by Hitachi's 100% data-availability guarantee.
As more companies embrace the speed and power of NVMe, Hitachi Vantara is dedicated to introducing continuing innovations that help them adopt this specification in a manner that makes the best strategic and financial sense.
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