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Why you should consider NVMe over Fabrics

December 21, 2021

Why you should consider NVMe over Fabrics
One of the most popular storage networking protocols today is Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fabrics (NVMe-oF). Why? Well, for one thing, it supports RDMA, TCP and Fiber Channel network protocols. It’s also scalable, delivering high performance and—perhaps most importantly—low latency. And that’s just the beginning as there are many more reasons companies are leveraging NVMe-oF to run and secure data centers and much more. 
 
NVM Express vs. NVMe-oF
First, let’s back up. NVMe over Fabrics is based on NVMe, which is a protocol that makes accessing stored data at very high speeds possible. When we refer to NVMe-oF, we are speaking of a network architecture that can handle a variety of different fabrics that support NVMe block storage. This fabric allows for data sharing on a truly enormous scale for either local or remote applications, providing extra versatility and flexibility. 
 
Who is NVMe-oF for?
At the end of the day, all of this technology only matters if it can improve our daily lives in some way—or our businesses. And thanks to NVMe-oF's ability to make data storage more accessible and more efficient, both businesses and their customers stand to benefit. This is achieved via NVMe-oF's parallel architecture and its far lower latency than traditional SATA or SAS architecture. NVMe drives can now do more in a shorter amount of time than before, which means businesses that use them can do more than ever. And perhaps the best part about NVMe over fabrics is that it works over local networks and wide area networks, so the benefits aren’t restricted to a fixed physical locale.
 
While newer storage technologies like solid state drives (SSDs) are an improvement over traditional hard drive technology, they’re still limited by the same bottlenecks and higher latency because they still rely on SATA or SAS architecture. And those bottlenecks only become more glaring as the world produces and consumes more and more data every day. For any organizations that have made data their business, strongly considering innovative storage technologies like NVMe over Fabrics and NVMe drives is a must. Why? Because those able to leverage the storage access gains offered by NVMe-oF at scale will have a huge advantage over those who don’t. And who wouldn’t want that?
 
For more information on NVMe over Fabrics and NVMe drives, contact the experts at Ingram Micro.
 
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