Interest in NVMe-based systems is running high as IT organizations look to consolidate server and storage sprawl inside their data centers. Naturally, all that interest is also creating significant amounts of pressure on vendors to make their NVMe-based offering available sooner rather than later.
Tegile Systems today announced it has become one of the first providers of all-Flash array for NVMe systems. Rob Commins, vice president of marketing for Tegile Systems, says the N-Series arrays within the company’s IntelliFlash portfolio of storage offerings feature dual controllers that make it possible to address as many as 24 solid-state disks (SSDs) per array. Tegile Systems claims the N-Series can deliver three million IOPS at a consistent level of 200 microsecond latency.
“That represents a 10X improvement in Flash storage performance,” says Commins.
Performance of Flash storage has been hampered by the fact that legacy storage interfaces have not been able to keep pace with SSDs. A new generation of NVMe-based systems that are just now starting to become available eliminates that I/O bottleneck at a cost that is going to be about 20 to 30 percent higher than existing Flash storage systems. Those prices, however, will decline over time, says Commins.
In the future, Commins says Tegile Systems also expects to add support for the NVM over Fabric standard that has just been recently ratified to enable IT organizations to network multiple NVMe arrays together.
Commins says most of the initial demand for NVMe-based systems will come from IT organizations looking to consolidate servers and storage. But in time, Commins says, there will also emerge new generations of Big Data analytics applications that previously would not have been feasible to deploy.
In the meantime, IT organizations may want to recalibrate their IT budgets for the coming year to reflect the availability of NVMe-based systems that promise to significantly reduce the total cost of acquiring and owning IT infrastructure.