Pavilion, a provider of a ‘Hyperparallel Flash Array’ built for NVMe from the ground up, has launched NVMeAcademy.com. The knowledge platform would provide ISPs and other data center services providers with easy-to-consume videos and papers for the design, implementation, and operation of the NVMe protocol and its networking counterpart NVMe-over-Fabrics.
The new website, nvmeacademy.com, delivers in-depth technical education on protocols, deployment options, critical features for NVMe-oF storage system design, and ‘how-to’ articles for navigating the subtleties of NVMe-oF for TCP, RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and use of NVMe technology with legacy networking protocols like iSCSI and NFS.
“Most organizations know that NVMe is the primary interface for flash storage. Though the backstory of why it won out over SATA and SAS is not well known,” said V.R. Satish, CTO of Pavilion Data Systems. “NVMe-over-Fabrics the defacto standard for next-generation storage networks. We need to understand supported operating systems, network design, and deployment options. That’s where NVMeAcademy.com comes in. It provides insights to build NVMe-oF solutions that shatter performance expectations.”
‘Third Wave of Storage’
The third wave of storage began with NVMe, which freed solid-state storage from the overhead of legacy disk interfaces, stated Pavillion. Hyperparallel Flash Arrays (HFAs) would then eliminate the bottlenecks imposed by the dual-controller architecture of legacy All Flash Arrays (AFAs) with a network switch-like design where multiple controllers access storage in parallel. As NVMe-oF and RoCE enable external storage arrays to provide the same or better performance than direct-attached storage (DAS) solutions over a fabric, according to Pavillion, the third wave of storage now allows organizations to enjoy the performance of DAS with the efficiency and manageability of a SAN.
“The third wave of storage systems goes beyond just NVMe and includes Hyperparallel Flash Arrays, NVMe-oF, and fast networking, which combine to deliver the consistent, predictable, and scalable, high-performance storage modern scale-out applications require,” said Chris M. Evans, founder of Architecting IT. “NVMeAcademy.com provides essential content for anyone wanting to learn more about the impact of these disruptive technologies.”
“NVMeAcademy.com is designed to support storage industry learning regarding the third wave of storage in a self-guided way,” said Amy Love, Chief Marketing Officer at Pavilion Data Systems. “The site, equipped with a progression of technical topics, enables technical professionals to dive into content based upon where their knowledge base is and where they would like to take it. The site also provides visitors the opportunity to dive deeper into subject matters with an ‘Ask an Engineer’ Forum and an extensive community-based FAQ.”