Cisco's server CTO says NVMe will shift from speed to capacity tier

Cisco's server CTO says NVMe will shift from speed to capacity tier 1024 678 C-Suite Network

Raghunath Nambiar says data centres will be asked to do more with more

INTERVIEW NVMe storage is becoming denser, faster, than other forms of storage and will therefore become a capacity tier according to Cisco’s chief technology officer for UCS Raghunath Nambiar.

“Right now people are looking at NVMe from a performance point of view,” Nambiar told The Register in Sydney last week, “but the real game changer is going to be capacity.”

Nambiar said 2.5 inch SSDs will soon hit seven-terabyte capacities, but “NVMe will go to 32 terabytes 18 months from now.” That density will mean that even small servers like the UCS B200, Cisco’s half-width workhorse, will be able to work with 64 terabytes of data in each server and plenty more across a blade chassis or a fabric.

Nambiar said businesses will put that data to work with more intensive just-in-time analytics.

“Many of the places in the States have a decent knowledge about your buying patterns,” he said, and use that data to power recommendation engines. Consumers, he added, have a tolerance for about one second’s wait…

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