Physical Storage

The world of physical storage devices has greatly expanded since the days of hard disk drives and tape. Today, SNIA Technical Working Groups (TWGs) are actively working on solid state storage, hyperscale storage, object drives, and workloads. The SFF Technology Affiliate is developing a broad range of standards for new connectors, form factors, and transceivers. In addition, the SNIA Compute, Memory, and Storage Initiative (CMSI) and Solid State Drive Special Interest Group (SSD SIG) are focused on fostering the acceptance and growth of solid state storage and form factors in the marketplace; providing education, performing market outreach, and influencing and promoting standards.

Ethernet-attached SSDs—Brilliant Idea or Storage Silliness?

Several SSD and networking vendors have recently demonstrated ways to connect SSDs directly to an Ethernet network. They propose that deploying Ethernet SSDs will be more scalable, easier to manage, more performant, and/or lower cost than traditional storage networking solutions that use a storage controller (or hyperconverged node) between the SSDs and the network.

Who would want to attach SSDs directly to the network? Are these vendors brilliant or simply trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist? What are the different solutions that could benefit from Ethernet SSDs? Which protocols would one use to access them? And how do Ethernet SSDs relate to computational storage? Watch this video to learn all this and more from our SNIA experts.


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