High-performance workloads with software-defined storage and NVMe SSDs

Software-defined storage has distinguished itself in the domain of capacity-constrained applications. But the pairing of software-based storage with solid state drives based on the NVM Express (NVMe) interface specification significantly pushes the performance, latency, throughput, and value frontiers to support traditional performance-constrained workloads. This whitepaper seeks to dispel the myth that some workloads with high input/output operations per second (IOPS) requirements still need a traditional storage-area network (SAN) infrastructure.