Mission-critical workloads are demanding more than today’s typical flash arrays can deliver. As a result, NVMe will increasingly replace SAS. To prepare, organizations must take into account these five key considerations.
A move to NVMe means the potential for greater efficiencies by consolidating legacy and high-performing, next-generation workloads onto a single platform. A seamless transition requires availability and management capabilities that can drive a non-disruptive migration strategy for applications and end users.
It is important to choose an established enterprise storage vendor offering NVMe-based systems that include basic services – multifaceted resiliency, availability and multi-tenant management capabilities.
The ability to consolidate multiple workloads onto one platform can be truly transformative for an organization. But there are risks. A resiliency strategy must include features such as integrated data integrity governance, dual parity RAID, snapshots and advanced replication.
The ability to use NVMe flash and Storage Class Memory (SCM) drives in a single system maximizes efficiency in a mixedworkload environment. Thanks to a built-in machine learning engine, data is moved to the proper media type in real time, so that performance remains high without storage management overhead.
Next-generation platforms must support future advancements, such as SCM drive technology and NVMe over Fabric (NVMeOF). A top-choice system should feature adaptive abilities to accommodate an IT organization’s growth and needs.
Dell EMC PowerMax with Intel® Xeon® processors is a Tier 0 enterprise storage platform based on an end-to-end NVMe design. With rich data services, 10M IOPS and real-time machine learning capabilities, PowerMax has the resiliency needed for dense, mixed workload consolidation along with the horsepower to handle next-generation, low-latency applications — all in a system designed to accommodate future needs.
Source: IDC White Paper, “NVMe: The Key to Unlocking Next Generation Tier 0 Storage,” April 2018.
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