Lightboard Video: Is Now the Time to Move to NVMe Flash?

A common question from IT professionals is when is the right time to start purchasing NVMe Arrays over SAS-based All-Flash Arrays. The answer as always is, it depends, but as George Crump, Lead Analyst with Storage Switzerland discusses in this Lightboard Video with Gunna Marripudi, Western Digital’s IntelliFlash Product Manager, the time for NVMe is now for many data centers.

Most new technology starts as a niche solution for a specific section of the market. In the case of PCIe based flash, companies like FusionIO and Virident were early movers in this space. As the use cases increase, the storage industry stepped in and standardized how PCIe flash should work so vendors can provide compatible solutions. The third step is interoperability. In this step vendors work together in a “plug-fest” type of event to make sure their various products all work together. The final step is innovation, where the vendors, while remaining interoperable, add unique capabilities to their solutions.

For a deeper dive beyond the video, watch Storage Switzerland’s and Western Digital’s webinar “Myth Busting – The Four NVMe Myths”.

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George Crump is the Chief Marketing Officer at VergeIO, the leader in Ultraconverged Infrastructure. Prior to VergeIO he was Chief Product Strategist at StorONE. Before assuming roles with innovative technology vendors, George spent almost 14 years as the founder and lead analyst at Storage Switzerland. In his spare time, he continues to write blogs on Storage Switzerland to educate IT professionals on all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought-after public speaker. With over 30 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS, SAN, Virtualization, Cloud, and Enterprise Flash. Before founding Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators, where he was in charge of technology testing, integration, and product selection.

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