If you are using an enterprise data center, it is likely that you are already using flash memory, especially if you need to deal with applications that are sensitive to deferred exceptions, high-definition movies, mobile computing, or applications that require only flash memory to provide performance.
Do not ignore your network
Flash memory can provide better performance or throughput, and less delay these two advantages, but if your infrastructure operations, storage, and network elements do not match, it is impossible to play the potential of flash technology. When the industry is actively deploying flash memory to improve performance, this problem will only say that you will become bigger.
You may have considered buying the latest flash drives, improved full flash series or network hardware solutions, but you may still be unclear which solution can help you overcome this problem at the moment. Another option for you is the Nonvolatile Memory Express (NVMe), a storage protocol built for flash memory, designed to improve data and delay-sensitive applications.
While NVMe is now commonly used for direct storage of servers, the need to extend this low-latency agreement on storage networks is growing, and shared storage solutions can benefit from it. In addition, NVMe guarantees up to 1,000 shared storage devices.
To enhance this agreement, a new industry standard, NVMe over Fabrics, was announced in June last year. It allows NVMe instructions to be transmitted locally on an existing network, so you can use this protocol on a large storage network.
NVMe can run on a variety of network architectures, including Fiber Channel and Ethernet. It can be unified in a variety of network structure type running on the general abstraction layer, so you can continue to use the existing network architecture. Compared with NVMe over fabrics, 40Gbe and iSCSI, file-based network file system (NFS) or server message block (SMB) and 16G Fiber Channel will cause network bottlenecks, Driving high-performance vehicles on the road lack performance.
What does this mean to your business?
Most companies today need to perform ultra-fast data transfers on large-scale networks to meet business-critical applications.
NVMe over Fabric directs end-to-end transport NVMe instructions and structures, significantly reducing latency and eliminating the need for SCSI conversion, making applications faster or faster.
The main goal of NVMe is to reduce the cost of agreements in traditional, including Fiber Channel and Ethernet encapsulation techniques, thereby reducing latency and increasing IOPs between host and target storage devices. The NVMe over Fiber Channel (FC-NVMe) works with flash memory to ensure performance and low latency while preserving the additional reliability and performance of the Fiber Channel network.
Running NVMe on a Fiber Channel network machine can extend the benefits of flash memory, keeping the flash memory simple and efficient while eliminating the need for conversion. This means that you can enjoy higher application performance, more data storage space, better analysis and more personalized information.
For many people, NVMe over Fabrics represents a low-latency, high-performance solution. Its main advantage is the ability to scale continuously without compromising performance.
Because NVMe over Fabrics offers low latency for all flash memory families, it is becoming an ideal solution for large enterprise and SAN infrastructures.Even if you are not ready to make a change today, you can also configure your sixth-generation Fiber Channel solution during the transition to NVMe.