This IDC TechBrief discusses the evolving NVMe over Fabric (NVMe-oF) standard in the context of market developments. There are clear workload requirements driving NVMe-oF deployment today, but there are still a very limited number of production deployments. The industry is moving in the direction of NVMe-oF over the next three to four years to replace SCSI for host connections in primary storage platforms, and customers should understand what it is, what benefits it offers, and how the market is developing — all topics covered in this document.
"By 2021, IDC expects over 50% of primary storage revenue to be generated by NVMe-based storage platforms, and NVMe over Fabric will be in use on most of those systems," said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Storage. "It makes sense for enterprises to understand what this technology can do for them so that they can integrate it into their own environments most cost-effectively."