"NVM Express is taking the solid-state drive 'world by storm', accelerating on a trajectory to go from the first units shipped in 2H'2014 to become the highest volume SSD interface in 1H'2018 based on gigabytes shipped - surpassing both SATA and SAS", stated Amber Huffman, president of NVM Express. "As demonstrated by revision 1.3, the NVM Express working group is laser-focused on the specification's continued evolution to address the dynamic workloads and scenarios that NVMe serves."
"The SSD market is on a fast growth trajectory and is expected to reach $25 billion by 2019, with NVMe unit shipments representing the most widely used SSD interface overall", stated Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president, IDC. "As NVM Express continues to develop and release improvements that address the evolving needs of the data centre, customers will get the most effective use of their applications, such as Big Data, data analytics, virtualization and other data-intensive workloads."
The NVMe 1.3 specification introduces over ten new features, serving various market segment needs. The majority of capabilities are optional, allowing customers to select the specific features that provide value to their workload. Major new features include Sanitize, Virtualization, and Streams. Sanitize offers a simple, fast, native way to completely erase data in an SSD, allowing more options for secure SSD reuse or decommissioning. Virtualization provides more flexibility with shared storage use cases and resource assignment, enabling developers to flexibly assign SSD resources to specific virtual machines. Streams offers better endurance for NAND-based SSDs using simple tagging of associated data from different tenants in Cloud hosting applications.
On June 28, at 11:00 a.m. ET, NVM Express will host an educational webcast titled NVMe 1.3 - Learn What's New! There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required. NVM Express host Jonmichael Hands, co-chairman of the NVM Express Marketing Committee and Intel's product marketing manager for Non-Volatile Memory Solutions, will present on the new and improved features in the NVMe 1.3 specification. For more information about the NVMe 1.3 specification or to download the protocol, you can visit the NVM Express website.