IBM says NVMe solution can replace SAS and SATA standards

IBM announced its development of Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solution that is replacing traditional SAS and SATA standards for solid state data storage and can enhance data transfer.

The NVMe language protocol will provide the ability to significantly lower latencies to speed data to and from storage solutions and systems.

IBM’s developers are re-tooling the storage stack to support this faster interconnect protocol to enhance the experience of data users across cloud services, retail, banking, travel and other industries.

Through employing parallelism, to simultaneously process data across a network of devices, clients can anticipate significantly reduced delays caused by data bottlenecks and move higher volumes of data within their existing flash storage systems.

IBM said its NVMe strategy is based on optimizing the storage system stack. IBM’s solutions with NVMe across its storage portfolio will hit the market in the first half of 2018.

IBM FlashSystem A9000 already includes features intrinsic to NVMe functionality like the user-space I/O paradigm, which speeds data performance by allowing applications to talk ‘directly’ to flash storage instead of navigating several operating system layers.

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 improving application performance.

The technology company said NVMe is designed to allow 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.