Flash storage for enterprise storage systems is quickly becoming the storage entity of choice for many businesses-- especially those who have high-performance needs, or those who use apps for things like accessing or storing to databases or operating artificial intelligence.
IT administrators and architects are constantly balancing the needs of applications with the cost to provide the best services possible. Flash storage technology has been at the forefront of this trade-off between cost and benefit for several years, but has recently become more affordable for more applications in the datacenter.
All communications in an application stack generally take a few microseconds. Some take a few milliseconds which results in higher latency also known as long tail latency.
NVMe has been one of the hottest topics in the storage industry for a while now. Rightfully so, it is making an impact in the storage industry and moving computing forward. For storage vendors and customers alike, it is important to be ready as certain aspects of NVMe become standard. There are two key aspects of NVMe, as it promises to solve backend bottlenecks to flash devices and improve the SAN performance to servers over fabrics. In this blog, I will share my perspective on NVMe flash modules and how, here at Violin, we solve the flash device performance aspect.