This IDC Market Note discusses AWS' July 31, 2019, announcement of the company's acquisition of NVMe-based all-flash array vendor E8 Storage. This acquisition gives AWS access to proven and highly optimized NVMe capabilities that IDC expects the company to use across its cloud services and AWS Outpost offerings to provide differentiating performance at lower cost. This Market Note explores the reasons behind the acquisition, discussing the implications for AWS, E8 Storage, and E8 Storage end users.

"This acquisition serves as yet another industry data point indicating the increasing importance NVMe technology will play in both traditional on-premises and cloud-based computing," said Eric Burgener, Research Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technologies Group at IDC. "IDC expects that AWS will use E8 Storage's highly optimized NVMe storage technology to lower its own service and product costs while improving both the performance and efficiency of its offerings."



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