In the past, conventional wisdom dictated that low-latency networks required extensions to the Ethernet protocol. The new industry-standard validates Solarflare's pioneering development of ultra-high-bandwidth/ultra-low latency networking over standard TCP. The NVMe/TCP standard also blasts open access to high performance networked flash storage. Scale-out flash fabrics can now be deployed easily and provide microsecond access to information on any server in a data centre with an Ethernet port, and at a lower cost than more complicated proprietary networks.
"The demand for low-latency high-performance networked storage continues to accelerate with the deployment of data-intensive AI and ML workloads. 100GE Ethernet is in its fast growth phase, with port shipments expected to be almost 2x for 2018 over 2017. 400GE is starting to ship in 2019 and expected to be near 2 million ports shipped in 2022. This makes Ethernet a prime candidate for carrying storage traffic", stated Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., senior research director and advisor, Cloud and data centre research practice at IHS Markit. "Having a ratified standard for NVMe over TCP, which is already in wide use in the data centre, opens the door to increased adoption of flash storage fabrics."
"Ratification of this standard is a watershed for high performance storage networking over TCP", stated Tom Spencer, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Solarflare. "Today, over 90 percent of all ports on data centre servers are using TCP transport, and therefore primed for plug-and-play NVMe over TCP storage fabrics, reducing both CapEx and OpEx."
"NVMe/TCP is a next step in the evolution of data centre NVMe storage. The NVMe/TCP specification will make the next step a big one by paving the way for easy implementation of NVMe storage fabrics in the installed base of Ethernet networks", stated Greg Matson, Director of Datacenter Strategic Planning and Marketing, Intel Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group.
"TCP support will accelerate the adoption of NVMe-oF and help it become mainstream within data centres", stated Joel Dedrick, VP and GM of NVMe over Fabrics Storage, Toshiba Memory America. "Cloud deployments can now optimize the ratio of flash and compute resources through a disaggregated architecture utilizing NVMe over TCP and our KumoScale shared accelerated storage software."
"Enabling TCP fabrics is an important component in realizing NVMe's potential. EXTEN HyperDynamic storage software delivers a high-performance NVMe over TCP solution with a complete standards based management framework", stated Craig Gilmore, CEO of EXTEN Technologies. "EXTEN software enables data centres to disaggregate storage while utilizing existing network infrastructure with the performance of direct attached storage."
"NVMe/TCP has paved the way for a new class of low latency and high performance storage appliances that benefit from ubiquitous TCP infrastructure", stated Ashutosh Das, President and CEO, Smart IOPS. "We are excited to be at the forefront of the newly standardized NVMe/TCP technology."