It seems like everything organizations are focusing on right now relates to data, and not just small volumes of data. Take the extremely large data sets and high-powered advanced analytics that scientists are using to analyze COVID-19 transmissions. Traditional storage simply isn’t engineered to handle the speed that these applications require and the volumes of data. However, two recent improvements in storage technology – Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) in conjunction with Storage Class Memory (SCM) – can help solve this issue.
NVMe is a data protocol and interface that helps speed up the transfer of data between enterprise resources and end-user systems and storage drives. Think of it as a larger pipe that’s can push huge volumes of data where before only a trickle could move. This can be attributed to NVMe’s massively parallel architecture whereas SAS is a serial protocol. SCM, on the other hand, is a type of flash storage that has a power supply, ensuring availability in the case of a power outage or system crash. Combined, the two take data sharing and storage to the next level, making it easier to use and store data as data needs continue to skyrocket, explains Alan Hopla, a Specialist System Engineer at Hitachi Vantara.