IBM Intends to Boost Flash Storage to New Levels

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IBM has announced its development of Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solutions, intended to provide clients the ability to significantly lower latencies in an effort to speed data to and from storage solutions and systems. NVMe is a new language protocol that is replacing traditional SAS and SATA standards for solid state data storage. The solutions are designed to employ parallelism, to simultaneously process data across a network of devices.

IBM’s NVMe strategy is based on optimizing the entire storage system stack - from applications requiring the data to flash technology to store it. The company says it is developing solutions with NVMe across its storage portfolio, which it plans to bring to market in the first half of 2018.

NVMe is intended to enable users to more effectively manage larger real-time workloads that can lead to data as a natural resource that clients can monetize and to help their business become more competitive.

IBM currently markets IBM FlashSystem A9000, which already includes features intrinsic to NVMe functionality such as the user-space I/O paradigm, which speeds data performance by enabling applications to talk directly to flash storage instead of navigating several operating system layers. In addition, IBM Spectrum Scale, part of IBM’s storage software, offers NVMe capabilities through its local read-only cache (LROC) feature, which keeps data in reserve with very low latency.

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