Jan 23 2017   12:08PM GMT

Storage predictions 2017: Hyper-converged to march on, and get NVMe

Antony Adshead Profile: Antony Adshead


Hyper-converged infrastructure has been a rapidly rising star of the storage and datacentre scene in the past year or two.

And it is predicted by Gartner that that rise will continue, with hyper-converged product sales set to more than double by 2019 to around $5 billion.

As that happens, according to the analyst house, hyper-converged infrastructure will increasingly break out from hitherto siloed applications and become a mainstream platform for application delivery.

Part of that evolution surely has to be the inclusion of NVMe connectivity, which should be a shoo-in for hyper-converged.

NVMe is another rapidly rising storage star. It’s a standard based on PCIe, and offers vastly improved bandwidth and performance to drives than existing SAS and SATA connections.

In other words it’s a super-rapid way of connecting drives via PCIe slots.

NVMe has so far been most notably been the basis for EMC’s DSSD and startup E8’s D24 but has not apparently been widely taken up by hyper-converged market players.

Surely though, widespread adoption is just a matter of time. With its PCIe connectivity, literally slotting in, NVMe offers the ability to push hyper-converged utility and scalability to wider sets of use cases than currently.

There are some vendors that focus on their NVMe/hyper-converged products, such X-IO (Axellio), Scalable Informatics, and DataON, but NVMe as standard in hyper-converged is almost certainly a trend waiting to happen.

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