SSDs have become more common, which means you will hear more about a communications interface/protocol specifically developed to accelerate data transfer between devices, maximizing the value provided by SSD storage devices. This protocol is called NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express).
NVMe is specifically designed for newer technology devices that offer much higher data transfer speeds thereby delivering the full value of these devices throughout your enterprise.
Previous protocols, like SCSI, typically deliver around 500-1000 MBps. Newer SSD storage devices can deliver 10 times this bandwidth. The current limiting factor is the SCSI protocol being used for communications between devices. This protocol was designed as a common protocol when spinning disk drives were the typical technology. SSD technology is a memory technology replacing spinning disk technology because it can be hundreds of times faster than spinning disk technology. SSD technology offers more reliability and longevity than previous external storage alternatives.
As you plan for the future, there are several things to consider to insure maximum value of your technology is realized. One of those items is which of your systems, storage and other devices, are “NVMe enabled”. NVMe offers outstanding performance – but this performance will only be seen if all aspects of your infrastructure have been “NVMe enabled”. Using this protocol will insure the speed and volume of data being transferred is handling the full volume of data the devices in your network are capable of.