With NVM Express, Inc.‘ recent ratification of TCP/IP as an approved transport layer for nonvolatile memory express (NVMe), Lightbits Labs announced that its hyperscale storage platform is the first to take advantage of the minted transport standard.
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As a storage pioneer in NVMe/TCP, the company helped drive the standardization effort and worked closely with NVM Express and its member companies, including taking a leadership role in the initial development of the standard specifications. Designed to layer over existing software-based TCP transport implementations as well as future hardware accelerated implementations, NVMe/TCP lets large-scale data centers utilize their existing, ubiquitous TCP/IP infrastructure to realize NVMe’s performance benefits.
Cloud service providers and enterprises with webscale infrastructures are turning to NVMe to meet the storage demands of data-intensive workloads. As designers make NVMe their preferred solution for fast storage, the NVMe market is forecast to grow to $60 billion by 2021 (G2M Research), and that will only increase with the ratification of the NVMe/TCP protocol. The transport enables storage access between servers interconnected by any standard TCP/IP network with excellent performance and latency characteristics.
“Using NVMe/TCP, Lightbits Labs has pioneered an approach that separates storage and compute without touching the network infrastructure or data center clients,” said Eran Kirzner, co-founder and CEO, Lightbits Labs. “Our industry-first hyperscale NVMe/TCP storage solution is purpose-built for the cloud and leverages today’s data center infrastructure, allowing IT organizations to smoothly transition to a low-latency, shared storage modelwithout sacrificing performance.“
The company also announced that it participated in the NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) Plugfest at The University of New Hampshire‘s InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), the compliance certification lab for NVMe technology. Held on November 12-15, 2018, in Durham, New Hampshire, the PlugFest brought together vendors to test against NVMe standards. As the only NVMe/TCP storage solution vendor at this event, the firm showcased interoperability with multiple NIC vendors and demonstrated NVMe/TCP’s ease of deployment.
“Lightbits has been leading the charge towards standardization and adoption of NVMe/TCP, bringing much-needed ubiquity to the NVMe over Fabrics ecosystem,” said Peter Onufryk, board member, NVM Express. “Although new standards and protocols often take years to mature and gain adoption, I expect to see NVMe/TCP adoption to be faster than any previous storage protocol.“
The firm’ platform is a solution to deliver the benefits of NVMe/TCP including:
Providing comparable performance and latency to direct attached SSDs
Enabling disaggregation across a data center’s availability zones and regions
Leveraging ubiquitous TCP transport with low latency, highly parallel NVMe stack
No changes required to the networking infrastructure or to clients
An efficient and streamlined block storage software stack optimized for NVMe
Providing parallel access to storage optimized for today’s multi-core application/client servers
NVM Express is a consortium of more than 100 companies advocating for non-volatile memory in all types of computing environments from mobile to data center. The NVMe/TCP Transport Binding specification was ratified on November 15, 2018, and is officially part of NVM Express’ NVMe-oF family of transports.
NVMe/TCP extends the NVMe-oF offering for existing data centers that already include a TCP/IP infrastructure.
Video: Details about this technology and Lightbits’ storage platform
Information about NVMe/TCP: NVMe/TCP Transport Binding specification