I’m at the Flash Memory Summit this week. Two observations, one short and one long.
FMS is much larger than last year. Haven’t seen numbers, but the huge exhibit floor looks like a first rank storage show. VMworld has been a top storage show, but now they have competition.
Has latency met its match?
Can’t talk about the interesting startups in the area, but an HGST technology demo – i.e. no plans for a product – gives a flavor of what’s to come. They hooked up two servers sporting Infiniband and NVMe SSDs running an I/O test and show latencies of ≈2.5µsec for remote drive access.
That’s right: microseconds.
The StorageMojo take
But the interesting startups are claiming even lower numbers. Not clear what these numbers might mean in the real world – they don’t include the problematic latencies of our antiquated storage stack – but the direction is encouraging.
Courteous comments welcome, of course.