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What is NVMe?
Standing for non-volatile memory express, NVMe is a storage interface used to drive a direct connection to the motherboard.
Non-volatile means the storage isn’t deleted when your computer reboots and express means the data travels over the PCI Express interface of your computer’s motherboard.
It takes away the need for a Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) controller as it drives a direct connection to the motherboard.
NVMe offers a greater storage throughput and lower latency and is an evolutionary step for flash storage media and memory media.
NVMe is a flash-based storage system. Usually using a SAS or serial-attached SCSI link to communicate with the media. NVMe, with its lower latency, takes advantage of the microsecond of latency from the flash arrays and eliminates bottlenecks.
With enterprise-class features, it can better equip businesses to manage extreme demands and workloads, whether you’re a small independent company through to large enterprises. Providing a better server capacity and computer performance, improving the overall user experience.
It’s important to check that the drive will be right for your system.
Things to consider
1. Can your server use NVMe?
2. If so, does it have the correct components?
3. How many NVMe drives do you need?
Not all servers have the capability to add NVMe drives in U.2 format (2.5”). As these drives use different connections and come in different forms, some servers simply don’t have the functionality to accommodate the drives.
Other servers can hold NVMe drives but might not have the right connections to the motherboard to utilise the storage. Dependent on the slot sizes and disk drives, servers may be able to accommodate a certain number of drives, but only function with a percentage of them.
If your server doesn’t work with NVMe U.2 drives, there is another option. HHHL (half-height, half-length) solid-state drives are an adapter for M.2 drives. Providing a smaller drive that can work in the PCIe slots on a server, where you’d usually put the NVMe drive.
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