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KIOXIA America, Inc. 2020 Predictions: The Year NVMe-oF Redefines the Data Center

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

By KIOXIA America, Inc.'s Chuck Piercey, director of product management for KumoScale

2020 is the Year NVMe-oF Redefines the Data Center

With the recent and broad inclusion of NVMe-oF p2p support in the mainstream Linux kernel, NVMe-oF deployments in data centers are poised to take off in 2020.

As the first major I/O protocol overhaul in more than a decade, NVMe-oF will kill the need for Direct Attached Storage in the data center. Customers deploying data centers at scale will move to the disaggregated storage architecture that this enables due to the huge efficiencies that can be gained. NVMe-oF will join 5G as one of the core technologies co-evolving with the Kubernetes  ecosystem. This is because NVMe-oF delivers mobility for the storage layer that was previously unavailable to Kubernetes applications. Just as Kubernetes delivered deployment orchestration for container applications, in effect, NVMe-oF will deliver storage orchestration for stateful containers that need storage.

Of course, storage disaggregation is only the first step towards a more efficient infrastructure, and adding storage abstraction enables full utilization of storage capacity. Only when the asset utilization challenges associated with storage disaggregation are addressed can all of the benefits be realized: greater capital and operational savings and full use of storage resources.

Disclaimer: Opinions and activities posted are based on personal views, not views representing the company or the department.

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About the Author

chuck piercey 

Chuck Piercey is a Silicon Valley product manager with experience shipping more than 15 products in several different market segments representing a total of $2.5Bn revenue under both commercial and open source business models.

Published Wednesday, December 11, 2019 7:14 AM by David Marshall
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