Storage is enjoying an aftershock of the flash revolution, in the form of an emerging system interface called NVMe, and its networked variant NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF). Together they are providing a second major shot in the arm for storage performance. Designed specifically to maximize the performance of flash and other solid-state storage technologies, the new interfaces are replacing the disk-era SAS and SATA protocols.

There is a major challenge in translating the doubled performance of NVMe flash drives into a doubling of overall storage system performance. Modifying legacy systems to use NVMe drives creates bottlenecks elsewhere in those systems, heavily limiting the overall performance gain. A handful of pioneering storage suppliers have developed innovative architectures that address this issue, but the majority of these approaches have compromised the key infrastructure concept of storage disaggregation.

451 Research examines NVMe and NVMe-oF disaggregation in this latest Business Impact Brief with customer surveys and considerations for NMVe-oF topologies and architectures. Download this Analyst Report to learn more.