Webinar Recap: Does Your Data Center Need NVMe?

By Henry He, Director of Product Management, Virtual Instruments

Last month, Virtual Instruments teamed up with the folks at Storage Switzerland and SANBlaze to hold an educational webinar on NVMe – and the goal was helping organizations decide with confidence whether NVMe is an investment they should make now or later.

SanBlaze and Storage Switzerland LogosWhy did we choose this topic for a webinar? Non-volatile memory express (NVMe) is considered the most disruptive innovation in the storage industry since flash storage. As customer demand for high performance and ultra-low latency applications continues unabated, NVMe and NVMe-over-Fabrics are becoming the preferred protocol.

The excitement over NVMe is more than just hype: according to ActualTech Media’s 2018 State of NVMe Survey, network fabric and storage media are identified as the top two sources of performance bottlenecks, and over 90% of respondents expect performance improvements from NVMe. This makes sense, as NVMe promises to reduce latency and increase performance beyond SAS-based flash systems and current networking technologies.

To ensure that investing in NVMe is in the best interest of your organization, your data center must have workloads that can take advantage of all the latency reduction and performance improvements that NVMe offers. However, effective data storage deployment strategies are difficult to devise and execute, and not every data center manager is ready to take the plunge – just creating a test environment to perform an NVMe evaluation can break the IT budget!

During the webinar, George Crump of Storage Switzerland, Mitul Patel of SANBlaze and myself discussed how organizations can determine that investing in NVMe will provide measurable ROI. This included outlining the workload attributes that are needed to take advantage of NVMe, as well as breaking down why a workload simulation approach is the only practical way to test which applications can benefit from the performance potential of NVMe systems.

The webinar was chock-full of additional insights, including how to build a storage performance validation practice – so if you weren’t able to join us live, we encourage you to take the time to watch it on-demand here.

Did you already watch the webinar and liked what you saw? Schedule a demo to learn more why a workload simulation approach is the only practical way to test NVMe and make deployment and workload placement decisions with confidence. And, as always, don’t forget to follow us on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook to stay up to date on the latest and greatest in hybrid infrastructure management.