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How to craft a data archiving strategy for 95% of your data

Reality can’t be ignored. In most data centers, 80% or more of stored data hasn’t been accessed in more than a year. Tighten that time frame up, and we find 95% of data has not been accessed in the last 90 days. That means the vast majority of data just sits on that expensive and speedy flash array you bought to serve active data.

The problem is most IT professionals hesitate to take an aggressive step such as moving 95% of their data to a secondary storage tier. But the truth is, with proper design, IT can reach this goal with few complaints. Here are four basic rules that will get you on your way:

Rule No. 1: Archive response can be almost as fast as primary

Your data archiving strategy should rely on storage using high-capacity HDDs, assisted by deduplication and compression, to drive as much cost out of the archive storage tier as possible. While all those technologies could affect data recall performance, in most cases, a recall from a properly designed active archive is almost as fast as primary storage.

That’s because primary storage is responding to hundreds, if not hundreds of thousands, of recall requests per second, while an archive typically responds to one or two per hour. Archives are usually busier dealing with inbound write traffic than old data being accessed. With less I/Os to respond to, disk-based archive storage can respond to individual requests almost as fast as primary storage. Note, though, that archives don’t have to respond as fast as primary storage, they just have to respond fast enough that users won’t notice the difference.

Rule No. 2: Don’t archive everything on day one

With an archive strategy in place, the only reason to buy more primary storage is to gain performance, not capacity.

IT has, with good reason, developed a distrust of everything. Archive software vendors and, especially, hardware vendors brag about ROIs showing data archiving strategy investments paying for themselves 30 seconds after installation. The problem is to get this rapid ROI, customers must buy 100 TB of archive or secondary storage and move 80% to 95% of their data as soon as the archive platform is stood up. Any IT professional worth their certifications isn’t going to do that. There’s no need. The primary storage that holds all this old data is bought and paid for, and most vendors aren’t going to let you send back half of a storage array for a refund.

A more logical data archiving strategy is to archive data on an as-needed basis — typically, as those primary systems come off of maintenance, have reached end of life or are full to the point that more capacity or another primary storage system must be purchased. You’ll want to know how much of the data on that array can be archived. With that information, you should buy just that amount of storage from your archive vendor, enabling you to put off the purchase of a primary storage system or to run a much smaller high-performance storage system. With an archive strategy in place, the only reason to buy more primary storage is to gain performance, not capacity.

Rule No. 3: Transparent recall may or may not be critical

If an aggressive data archiving strategy — such as archiving 80% of primary storage — is followed, then prepare for more frequent data recalls from users. Considering the gradual move to archive storage described in rule No. 2, however, recalls may not be a frequent as you’d expect.

First, make sure most of those recalls can occur without IT interruption. That means you need to select software that can set transparent links between where the file used to be and where it is on the archive. It’s also important to remember the archive might be multistep, on-premises disk to tape or on-premises disk to the cloud, which means that these links must be updated with the file location each time it moves to another storage device.

The other side of the coin in transparent recalls is setting up an apparatus in the architecture that has stub files or a centralized metadata control layer. Like any apparatus, there’s a certain amount of rigidity to this control layer, including a potential management issue with stub files and a certain amount of lock-in to the data management vendor. You must decide if the downsides of transparent recall are worth the upside.

Rule No. 4: Expect more frequent recalls

If your organization goes all-in with a 95% data archiving strategy or evolves to that point, be prepared for more recalls. Whether recalls are done transparently or manually because of the lack of the transparent recall component, you can now measure them in dozens per hour. The higher the recall rate, the more you’ll want to lean toward a disk-based archive, either exclusively or as a front end to tape.

If most of the archive is disk-based, a high recall rate shouldn’t affect performance. At the very least, the front end of the archive should be disk- or cloud-based. Tape, if used at all, should either serve as the deep archive or solely as a backup to the archive. While tape is a robust and reliable technology, its role in a data archiving system as that archive becomes more active requires more planning.

Don’t go on a data archiving strategy diet

No question, 95% of your data is likely eligible for archiving. Archiving shouldn’t be looked at as a storage diet that’s done every so often.  Instead, it’s an organizational change that occurs gradually and, once fully applied, never stops. Data should constantly flow through your enterprise from primary storage to archive storage, and occasionally back to primary.

John Boyega to Play Star Wars Battlefront II on Xbox Live Sessions Wednesday, November 15

Now that we’ve launched Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, it’s time to have another exciting episode of Xbox Live Sessions! Next up we have someone I’m a huge fan of: actor John Boyega! He’ll join the interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel on Wednesday, November 15 at 11 a.m. PT to take on Star Wars Battlefront II  just days before the highly anticipated release on November 17.

John’s been eager to come on Xbox Live Sessions for a while now, but we told him we had a special one we were saving just for him with Star Wars Battlefront II on Xbox One X. It will be great seeing him forge a new path as Iden Versio, commander of Inferno Squad and fly through Imperial Dock Yards and take down massive capital ships as he pilots legendary Starfighters.

I’m sure both fans of Xbox and John’s movies will have an awesome time interacting with him while he shows off his gaming skills. Also, be sure to tune-in to the livestream for the chance to submit questions as well as win special prizes. This episode of Xbox Live Sessions will be hosted by Microsoft Studios Community Manager, Rukari Austin.

Make sure you tune in tomorrow, November 15 at 11 a.m. PT on Mixer and stay tuned to Xbox Wire for future episodes of Xbox Live Sessions!

For Sale – Custom PC: i5 4460, 16GB Ram, MSi Z97 Gaming 5 and Corsair CX600

Hi All,

I am selling my desktop PC as it hasn’t been used in months. I use my laptop and tablet most of the time.

I was planning to use this PC for gaming but never got a good graphics card to finish the project.

Main parts used are from amazon:


Intel i5 4460
Aerocool Strike-X One
Cooler Master
MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Intel LGA1150 Z97 ATX Motherboard
Corsair CMY16GX3M2A2400C11R Vengeance Pro Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 2400Mhz
Corsair CP-9020048-UK Builder Series CX600


There is also a WI-FI network card and the cooling fans (standard stuff)

I will not include hard drive because of personal data and current graphics card in case it comes loose during transit.

Pictures can be added and if you have any questions please massage me.

Ps. I have only sold one item in 2012 on AVforums but if you don’t trust me I can maybe screenshot my ebay feedback or something.

Price and currency: 450
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Paypal, bank transfer, cash.
Location: Antrim
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Halo 5

Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with 343 Industries’ Chris Lee, Studio Head of FPS Games, about the action-packed shooter Halo 5: Guardians.

What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One X?

The Xbox One X provides a ton of additional power that we’ve used to lift the Halo 5: Guardians resolution to 4K Ultra HD while maintaining the smooth 60fps gameplay experience. Additionally, the team was able to go in and change some level of detail settings so we can render more detail further away from the player.

The Xbox One X update that enables 4K on Xbox One X is also the 11th free content release we’ve created for Halo 5: Guardians. Along with Xbox One X enhancements, the “Overtime” update includes the multiplayer game mode Oddball, support for the new “Halo 5: Guardians Local Server” app on Windows 10 that lets gamers use their Windows 10 PC into a local server for Halo 5 custom games, new in-game skins, and weapon tuning updates. These content updates are available to all Xbox One players!

How do these enhancements impact the gaming experience?

Playing Halo 5 in 4K shows off a ton of detail on our characters, weapons, and vehicles that was not possible to see in 1080p.  From the materials and stitches on our Spartan’s gloves to operator instructions on the ARs all the little details really shine. H5 4k is not only a visual treat, but the enhanced power of Xbox One X has the same smooth gameplay throughout campaign and multiplayer, especially in massive Warzone matches and frenetic campaign maps. The load times are also significantly faster (especially noticeable in campaign), and the in-game cutscenes look beautiful when viewing in full fidelity at 4k.

Why did your development team choose to focus on these enhancement areas?

When we built Halo 5: Guardians, the team spent a lot of time and effort to create beautiful textures and assets in the game that were not possible to fully appreciate at 1080p on Xbox One. Gamers saw some of these details in Halo 5: Forge on Windows 10, which supports running in 4K. We were immediately excited about increasing the resolution, so Xbox One X gamers can appreciate the full fidelity of our art assets.

During development we found that with the extra power of Xbox One X we could also increase the level of detail on objects at distances that are further away from the player. This helps with the way we transition between assets and creates a much better visual experience during gameplay.

How do you expect fans of Halo 5: Guardians will respond to playing it on Xbox One X with these enhancements?

The amount of visual detail that pops in 4K, from the texture of your Spartan’s glove holding a Magnum to the crisp details of the world of Sanghelios, really adds to the overall feel of the game. The amount of detail that players didn’t know was there will be a nice surprise.

How has the process been to get the game up and running on Xbox One X?

The process has been great. We wanted to get our hands on Xbox One X development hardware as soon as possible. From there our engineers in 343 and at our partner Skybox Labs started cranking to get things rolling in 4k.

SkyBox Labs has been a great partner co-developing Halo 5, Halo 5: Forge, and things like our “Overtime” update which includes adding Xbox One X support for 4K. They were instrumental in helping us deliver the Xbox One X enhancements, and I am excited to continue this partnership for our future projects!

What enhancement were you most excited about leveraging for Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One X?

The ability to play Halo 5 at such high visual fidelity while also having faster load times and smooth 60fps gameplay is something I’m really looking forward to sharing with our community.

What does 4K and HDR mean for your game, games in the future and development at your studio?

The team is excited to think of new ways to leverage the power and fidelity of the Xbox One X. We have a lot of ambition for future projects. 4k lets us show a ton of detail in our assets. HDR is a great technology for a sci-fi game with vibrant color and FXs as a critical part of our gameplay sandbox. We are excited to get our hands on it so we create intense new visuals for our universe.

Thanks to Chris for taking the time to chat with us about Xbox One X Enhanced. We’ll be bringing you more interviews with more developers in the future, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire!

The World’s Most Powerful Console, Xbox One X, Launches Worldwide

The official launch of the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X, brings a new era of immersive 4K gaming and 4K entertainment to gamers across the globe. With 40 percent more power than any other console, Xbox One X is where console gamers can play the best versions of games. The new console launches with the largest games lineup in Xbox history, with more than 70 Xbox One X Enhanced titles coming in the first week and more than 50 available on launch day, including Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky’s Tale, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and FIFA 18. The Xbox One games library consists of more than 1,300 games and more than 220 exclusives, all of which play best on Xbox One X. More titles are on the way like the hottest game on the planet PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, releasing as an Xbox One console launch exclusive Dec. 12, 2017.

“We built Xbox One X to give game creators the most powerful platform to bring their visions to life and to give gamers the best console to play the games of the past, present, and future,” said Phil Spencer, head of gaming, Microsoft Corp. “We’re excited to offer gamers the world’s most powerful console with access to the largest games lineup in Xbox history – more than 1,300 titles and more than 220 exclusives.”

Microsoft Corp. saw incredibly strong pre-order sales for Xbox One X, and expects the new console to be in high demand this holiday season. Gaming fans worldwide are encouraged to get the new console early before quantities run out.

The biggest global launch in Xbox history – now available in 35 markets

 Across the world, fans flocked to special Xbox events to celebrate the highly-anticipated launch of Xbox One X. Launch festivities were captured in a live broadcast from the Mixer NYC Studio on Mixer, Xbox.com, Twitch and Facebook Live, with key highlights including:

  • Inspired by the new Xbox racing game Forza Motorsport 7, the world’s first Xbox One X was hand-delivered in New Zealand via the fastest supercar in the country.
  • In Australia, Xbox opened the doors to the Xbox Stay N’ Play, a boutique, gaming-themed experience, situated in front of the iconic Sydney skyline in Pirrama Park.
  • In Germany, Xbox set a new World Record for the “World’s Largest Unboxing” after unboxing a giant Xbox One X in the Munich International Airport, and celebrated launch with more than 700 fans in front of Berlin’s largest 4K theater screen.
  • In the U.K., some of the country’s biggest content creators and special guests were featured in an extended fourteen-hour Xbox livestream hosted at the Xbox One X Apartment in London.
  • In France, thousands of fans tuned into an eight-hour Mixer livestream, which highlighted the various Xbox One X launch activities taking place in Paris, including the midnight opening at Fnac Champs Elysées.
  • In Mexico City, hundreds of fans attended an Xbox One X midnight madness event hosted with Game Planet to celebrate the official launch of the highly-anticipated console in Mexico.
  • In collaboration with Canadian designer and artist Brian Espiritu, Xbox designed custom Xbox One X consoles inspired by the city of Toronto to give away to five lucky Xbox fans.
  • In the lead up to launch, Xbox Live Sessions, an interactive, fan-focused livestream on Mixer, hosted celebrities including Chris Evans, James Corden, DJ Khaled, Chandler Riggs, and more to play their favorite games on Xbox One X. In addition, 16 years after helping Bill Gates introduce the original Xbox, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson surprised three Make-A-Wish kids with their own custom consoles before the official Xbox One X launch.
  • At Microsoft Stores, including the flagship Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue in New York, and other retailers worldwide, eager fans lined up over 24 hours in advance of the console’s release to be among the first to get their hands on Xbox One X before it sells out worldwide. Shaquille O’Neal, Liam Payne, Ronda Rousey, Odell Beckham Jr., and Caleb McLaughlin made special appearances to surprise fans throughout the launch event at the Microsoft Store in New York.

Similar spectacular celebrations took place in additional Xbox One markets. Xbox One X is available now in 35 markets worldwide, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the U.K., the U.S., and United Arab Emirates.

The power of Xbox One X

 Xbox One X is built for true 4K gaming, with enough power to drive native 4K resolutions, High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut into a pristine visual package beyond what’s capable in existing consoles. Existing Xbox One games play even better, with improved textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times, even on a 1080p TV. Xbox One X is also the only product in the world that packs all of the following features in one amazing device: 4K gaming for the world’s greatest games, a built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K streaming capabilities, High Dynamic Range support for gaming and video, and premium audio that puts gamers in the center of spatial sound with Dolby Atmos support. The craftsmanship in the Xbox One X hardware means it’s not only the world’s most powerful console, it’s also the smallest and most feature-rich Xbox ever.

 Xbox One X Enhanced

Today, with the launch of Xbox One X, more than 50 popular Xbox One games are receiving free updates as part of the Xbox One X Enhanced program, with more than 70 total coming in the first week. Xbox One X Enhanced games have been updated or built specifically to take full advantage of the world’s most powerful console and its 4K UHD and HDR capabilities. More than 170 new and existing games will be enhanced for Xbox One X to take advantage of its full power, including Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky’s Tale,  Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed OriginsHalo Wars 2, Gears of War 4, Halo 5: Guardians, Minecraft, FIFA 18, Final Fantasy XV, and Star Wars Battlefront II, with more titles on the way like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, releasing Dec. 12, 2017 as a console launch exclusive through the Xbox Game Preview program. For more information on the Xbox One X Enhanced program, visit https://www.xbox.com/enhanced.

Xbox One family of devices

Xbox One X is the newest member of the Xbox One family of devices, which will coexist alongside Xbox One S. Only on Xbox One can gamers experience the best games of the past, present, and future, with more than 1,300 Xbox One games and more than 220 exclusives playable across the entire Xbox One family of devices. Furthermore, all Xbox One accessories are also compatible across the family.

Whether playing on Xbox One X or Xbox One S, gamers are treated to gaming features exclusive to the Xbox platform:

  • Xbox Live, the fastest, most reliable multiplayer network1.
  • 4K UHD Blu-ray, 4K streaming and 4K gaming
  • Xbox Game Pass, a monthly membership that provides unlimited access to more than 100 games.

Xbox One X is available in 35 Xbox One markets and retails at US$499, £449, €499, C$599 and A$6492, with additional markets launching soon. For the latest on where to buy Xbox One X, visit xbox.com/xboxonex. You can also head to your local retailer, including Microsoft Store, for more information.

1 Independent IHS Markit study, June/July 2016. Tested on Xbox One versus PlayStation 4 on five of the top selling games with matchmaking; results may vary, not an endorsement.

2 Prices are estimated retail prices; actual retail prices may vary.

For Sale – Custom PC: i5 4460, 16GB Ram, MSi Z97 Gaming 5 and Corsair CX600

Hi All,

I am selling my desktop PC as it hasn’t been used in months. I use my laptop and tablet most of the time.

I was planning to use this PC for gaming but never got a good graphics card to finish the project.

Main parts used are from amazon:


Intel i5 4460
Aerocool Strike-X One
Cooler Master
MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Intel LGA1150 Z97 ATX Motherboard
Corsair CMY16GX3M2A2400C11R Vengeance Pro Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 2400Mhz
Corsair CP-9020048-UK Builder Series CX600


There is also a WI-FI network card and the cooling fans (standard stuff)

I will not include hard drive because of personal data and current graphics card in case it comes loose during transit.

Pictures can be added and if you have any questions please massage me.

Ps. I have only sold one item in 2012 on AVforums but if you don’t trust me I can maybe screenshot my ebay feedback or something.

Price and currency: 450
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Paypal, bank transfer, cash.
Location: Antrim
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Custom PC: i5 4460, 16GB Ram, MSi Z97 Gaming 5 and Corsair CX600

Hi All,

I am selling my desktop PC as it hasn’t been used in months. I use my laptop and tablet most of the time.

I was planning to use this PC for gaming but never got a good graphics card to finish the project.

Main parts used are from amazon:


Intel i5 4460
Aerocool Strike-X One
Cooler Master
MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Intel LGA1150 Z97 ATX Motherboard
Corsair CMY16GX3M2A2400C11R Vengeance Pro Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 2400Mhz
Corsair CP-9020048-UK Builder Series CX600


There is also a WI-FI network card and the cooling fans (standard stuff)

I will not include hard drive because of personal data and current graphics card in case it comes loose during transit.

Pictures can be added and if you have any questions please massage me.

Ps. I have only sold one item in 2012 on AVforums but if you don’t trust me I can maybe screenshot my ebay feedback or something.

Price and currency: 450
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Paypal, bank transfer, cash.
Location: Antrim
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

Are you ready for NVMe storage and the future of flash?

Flash storage has radically changed the IT landscape. While the most obvious benefit is improved application performance, Enterprise Strategy Group research shows flash users have experienced improved reliability and resource utilization, as well as reduced TCO. Solid-state storage continues to transform the data center, but what’s next? Nonvolatile memory express, or NVMe storage, is one technology to watch.

Think about the entire data path for a second. Applications demand processing — typically in the form of servers — and access to data via reads and writes across some sort of interconnect or storage network to a storage device. That model is overly simplistic, but it helps illustrate my point. With spinning disk technology, the storage device was often the bottleneck in the data path.

Using a memory cache to accept write requests and serve a subset of read requests helped reduce latencies, but, typically, the entire system was limited to HDD performance. Even with the performance benefits of spreading, or striping, data volumes across a large number of spinning disks, these mechanical devices were the bottleneck. With solid-state, a couple things happened.

First, flash storage dramatically reduced latencies. As a result, IT organizations didn’t need all the hardware and spindles to manufacture performance, helping reduce TCO. In addition, managing data center infrastructure got simpler because the additional performance headroom eliminated the need to regularly isolate and resolve application performance issues.

The second impact was less obvious. With the storage device no longer slowing down the rest of the data path, it wasn’t the performance bottleneck anymore. As a result, the entire data path experienced a surge in performance and utilization. The bottleneck didn’t go away, though; it only moved.

The new bottleneck

Understanding the location of the bottleneck is critical. If you want to increase the performance of a system, adding resources to any component other than the bottleneck is usually futile.

The low-latency NVMe offers must be extended to the entire data path.

But where did the bottleneck go? Often in flash storage environments, it shifts to the storage network or, in other words, the data path. The dramatic reduction in storage latencies increases the amount of traffic on the storage network, and now the storage network starts holding back data center performance.

NVM Express is one technology expected to resolve this problem. The basic premise of NVMe is that SCSI technology, and SAS by extension, which were designed for HDDs, are simply too inefficient. NVMe storage is an alternative to SCSI that can take advantage of the low latency and internal parallelism inherent to flash storage.

Beating the bottleneck

NVMe flash storage is the presumptive favorite to replace the common SAS- or SATA-based flash storage offerings. But it’s only one component. The low-latency NVMe offers must be extended to the entire data path. For external storage systems, such as all-flash arrays, that means using NVMe over Fabrics.

NVMe over Fabrics extends NVMe performance to common storage network technologies, such as Ethernet and Fibre Channel. IT shops that wish to maximize the value of their flash storage investments should look at integrating NVMe storage technology into their storage networks: But where to start?

Storage networking infrastructure is a significant capital investment that should support multiple technology lifecycles. Your decision must therefore incorporate other factors besides performance. In an ideal world, you’d want your NVMe-enabled storage network to deliver the latest technical capabilities, manageability and support, while enabling your infrastructure to easily integrate future technology options.

Before building an NVMe flash storage network, consider three factors beyond its technical capabilities:

  • Who owns — or should own — the data path? This old argument remains relevant. The addition of NVMe will dramatically reduce — and possibly eliminate — the need to diagnose complex performance issues across the network. Having a single IT team that owns and manages the entire data path, including the storage device and the network, is critical for timely diagnosis and resolution of issues. A single team is also important in guaranteeing the fast deployment of new infrastructure capacity and resources.
  • Is your NVMe storage deployment a new infrastructure deployment or an update? A concern with new technologies is how much existing infrastructure you must replace. If NVMe performance is added to a data center that already has significant investment in Fibre Channel- or Ethernet-based storage, ensuring continued access to that storage via NVMe technology is an important consideration.
  • What are the skill sets of your team? There are limits to what you can accomplish with retraining. The addition of NVMe can help eliminate the need for complex diagnosis of performance issues, but familiarity with the network architecture is key to ensuring an agile and resilient architecture.

Others considerations — such as manageability, analytics and bandwidth —  focus on technical or vendor-specific options. Of course, you should consider these elements when making an NVMe storage investment, but the three factors highlighted above will help provide the context to maximize the advantages of that decision. For enterprises seeking to get the most out of flash storage, an investment in NVMe technology is becoming a foregone conclusion.