Ethernet-attached SSDs—Brilliant Idea or Storage Silliness?

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Mark Carlson, Kioxia; Rob Davis, Mellanox; John Kim, Mellanox; Ted Vojnovich, Lenovo

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Several SSD and networking vendors have recentl¬y demonstrated ways to connect SSDs directly to an Ethernet network. They propose that deploying Ethernet SSDs will be more scalable, easier to manage, more performant, and/or lower cost than traditional storage networking solutions that use a storage controller (or hyperconverged node) between the SSDs and the network. Who would want to attach SSDs directly to the network? Are these vendors brilliant or simply trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist? What are the different solutions that could benefit from Ethernet SSDs? Which protocols would one use to access them? And how do Ethernet SSDs relate to computational storage? Join this SNIA Networking Storage Forum webcast to learn all this and more as SNIA experts discuss: •What are the appropriate use cases for Ethernet SSDs? •Why Ethernet SSDs could be appealing and more efficient •How Ethernet SSDs compare to other forms of storage networking •Different ways Ethernet SSDs can be accessed, such as JBOF/NBOF, NVMe-oF, and Key Value •How do Ethernet-attached SSDs enable composable infrastructures? After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog:

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