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The Race towards End-to-End NVMe in the Data Centre

The next greatest thing in storage hardware is the move to NVMe.  This is occurring in two ways – conversion of internal designs within shared storage platforms to use NVMe at the “back-end”, and front-end (or host connectivity) using NVMe over Fabrics in some form.  Vendors are starting to use the term “end-to-end” NVMe as… Read more »

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In Storage, Software is the New Hardware

This week Kaminario announced a software-defined storage offering called Cloud Fabric, which packages the company’s storage software for cloud service providers.  E8 Storage announced a software-only version of the company’s flagship product that can run on pre-qualified hardware platforms.  Has the golden age of Software Defined Storage finally arrived? Software First In some respects, the… Read more »

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Performance Analysis of SAS/SATA and NVMe SSDs

This is one of a series of academic paper reviews covering aspects of technology. Vendors like to tell us how the transition to NVMe-based storage will dramatically improve performance.  In fact, I’ve talked at length myself about the benefits of NVMe technology.  However, it helps to have empirical (and independent) evidence to back up the… Read more »