And it is predicted by Gartner that that rise will continue, with hyper-converged product sales set to more than double by 2019 to around $5 billion.
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As that happens, according to the analyst house, hyper-converged infrastructure will increasingly break out from hitherto siloed applications and become a mainstream platform for application delivery.
Part of that evolution surely has to be the inclusion of NVMe connectivity, which should be a shoo-in for hyper-converged.
NVMe is another rapidly rising storage star. It’s a standard based on PCIe, and offers vastly improved bandwidth and performance to drives than existing SAS and SATA connections.
In other words it’s a super-rapid way of connecting drives via PCIe slots.
Surely though, widespread adoption is just a matter of time. With its PCIe connectivity, literally slotting in, NVMe offers the ability to push hyper-converged utility and scalability to wider sets of use cases than currently.
There are some vendors that focus on their NVMe/hyper-converged products, such X-IO (Axellio), Scalable Informatics, and DataON, but NVMe as standard in hyper-converged is almost certainly a trend waiting to happen.