NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) was designed for SSD. It communicates between the storage interface and the System CPU using high-speed PCIe sockets, independent of storage form factor.
Blog | Why Your Business Needs NVMe Technology
August 12th 2021
NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) was designed for SSD. It communicates between the storage interface and the System CPU using high-speed PCIe sockets, independent of storage form factor. Input/Output tasks performed using NVMe drivers begin faster, transfer more data, and finish faster than older storage models using older drivers, such as AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) a feature of SATA SSDs. Because it was designed specifically for SSDs, NVMe is becoming the new industry standard for both servers in the data centre and in client devices like laptop, desktop PCs and even next gen gaming consoles.
The benefits of NVMe Technology
Superior Storageand Compatibility – Taking advantage of the same lanes that connect direct to the CPU, NVMe can be highlighted through the advantages of: PCIe socket transfer >25x more data than the standard SATA devices, SATA Transfers from 150MB/s (sata I) to 600MB/S (sata III) and NVME from from 500MB/S (PCIe Gen 2) to 2000MB/S (PCIe Gen 4). In addition, NVMe works with all major operating systems.
Superior Speed - Since NVMe drives are above the PCIe, they are unaffected by the ATA interface bottleneck and can deliver up to 4x the IOPS of even the fastest SAS option available. The NVMe also sends commands 2x faster than AHCI drives.
Superior Energy Efficiency – NVMe drives deliver significantly lower power when in standby mode. This is through the L1.2 low power mode that reduced power consumption by 97% from 50mW to 2mW. This enables businesses to keep their data centre costs at a minimum.
What NVMe drive should I choose?
When choosing the right type of NVMe drive on the market for your use case you must consider: the specifications, sizes, and form factors.
NVMe Form Factors can be categorised through:
Add-in Cards. This is the most supported method of using NVMe, as it only requires a system with a motherboard that has an available PCIe slot. However, this form factor cannot be hot-swapped, require more physical capacity and utilise more power.
U.2 NVMe 2.5” Drives. Similar to most SSDs today but are different as they connect to the M.2 port on the motherboard via cable. This form factor is most like SSDs when compared to the simplicity of deployment and serviceability for data centres.
M.2 Drives. Described as “sticks” of memory which are connected to the M.2 port on the motherboard. This form factor is advantageous as it comes in different lengths: 42mm, 80mm and 110mm, when compared to U.2 and PCIe drives, take up much less physical space.
Choosing the right NVMe drive for my use case
We know that some people may have trouble choosing the right NVMe drive and storage size for their use case. At DiGiCOR, we have a team of expert technicians and presales that will provide you with necessary information and advice regarding the drive compatibility and suitability for your business and use case. This ensures that you will be getting the ideal NVMe solution based on your decision.
NVMe drives can be split into 3 tiers:
Endurance Drives. These deliver 10 writes per day with 175,000 random 4K Write IOPS.
Mixed Use Drives. These deliver 3 writes per day with 56,000 random 4K Write IOPS.
Read Intensive Drives. These deliver 0.3 writes per day with 35,000 random 4K Write IOPS.
5 Reasons You Should Choose DiGiCOR for NVMe Technology
When it’s time to look into a virtual GPU technology provider, here are five reasons why DiGiCOR should be the one.
Trusted Reliability and Support. The reliability of our products has seen high regard by our previous clients, and in the rare chance of issues occurring, our local support and RMA warehouse is ready to assist.
Most Competitive Pricing in Australia and New Zealand. Our prices are the most competitive in Australia and New Zealand as a result of our strong relationship with industry-leading partners, vendors and distributors.
Locally Assembled and Deployed. All DiGiCOR systems are assembled, tested and delivered from our main headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, ensuring each and every system that comes out of our facilities are highly consistent.
Expert Team of Individuals. Whether you interact with our presales, technical, or sales experts, we ensure that each interaction you have with DiGiCOR is with a dedicated individual that looks to provide a solution to your issue or enquiry.
A Standard 3-Year Warranty. All of our products and systems come with a 3-year warranty, along with upgrades to give you peace of mind when purchasing.