VMUG Roundtable

NVMe based block storage over TCP

Performance and Portability Without Compromise

The landscape of software-defined storage in modern enterprise is changing rapidly.

 Cloud-native applications are more sophisticated and require faster performance and there’s more of them to support. Often these applications are deployed as virtual machines managed by vSphere with local NVMe® flash recommended for best performance when deployed on bare metal.

While a local flash implementation does deliver performance it comes with compromises in portability, and poor storage resource utilization. NVMe®/TCP offers a new way to support data-intensive cloud-native applications without compromise. 

It’s one means to solve the challenges of storage resource utilization, workload mobility, performance, and availability.

In this VMUG roundtable, we cover:

  • Challenges of DAS Flash
  • Fibre Channel and RDMA transport mechanisms
  • Disaggregation of compute and storage
  • Leveraging commodity economics
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Presenter Bios:

Pete Brey

VP of Product Marketing | Lightbits Labs

Pete brings 20 years of diverse data storage and technology industry experience to Lightbits Labs. Pete’s experience includes engineering, development and delivery of distributed file systems, clustered Network Attached Storage and Object Storage products at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, NetApp, and Red Hat. Pete’s storage experience cuts across all deployment models, from on-prem bare metal, virtualized, on-prem cloud, and public cloud.

Abel Gordon

Chief System Architect | Lightbits Labs

Abel Gordon is the Chief System Architect of Lightbits Labs, where he architected a low latency clustered block storage solution based on NVMe/TCP protocol. Abel has more than 20 years of experience researching, designing and building systems, and has published more than 40 papers and patents. Prior to joining Lightbits labs, Abel led the Kernel and Networking team of Stratoscale’s hyper-converged private cloud solution.

Arvind Jagannath

Product Line Manager, vSphere Platform | VMware

Arvind Jagannath works in Product Management at VMware. With over 25 years of experience in the industry working on networking, storage, embedded, and kernel development, he currently leads infrastructure and core platform enablement for vSphere, working across the VMware ecosystem of server, IO, and storage partners.


Justin D Kelley

Technical Marketing Engineer - Data Platform Group, Disaggregated Storage | Intel Corporation

Intel’s mission is to shape the future of technology to help create a better future for the entire world. By pushing forward in fields like AI, analytics, and cloud-to-edge technology, Intel’s work is at the heart of countless innovations.