Marvell announced the industry’s first NVMe over Fabric (NVMe-oF) SSD converter controller, the 88SN2400, for cloud and enterprise data centers. The 88SN2400 controller is designed and optimized to convert an NVMe solid state drive (SSD) into an NVMe-oF SSD, providing a revolutionary architecture that increases utilization and scalability of SSDs within the data center to ultimately lower total cost of ownership (TCO). By bringing low latency access over the fabric and exposing the entire SSD bandwidth to the network, the Marvell® controller supports true scalable, high-performance disaggregation of storage from compute. The 88SN2400 utilizes a simple, low-power and compute-less Ethernet fabric instead of a traditional PCIe fabric controlled and managed by an enterprise-class server SoC with integrated 100GE controllers.
As data growth continues to soar, data centers are grappling with the increasing power consumption, complexity, and costs associated with the demand for greater storage bandwidth and capacity. However, compute and storage continue to be underutilized, with storage servers typically oversubscribed, resulting in increased capital expenditure and operational expenditure. The Marvell SSD converter controller allows greater flexibility for data center operators and designers to develop their infrastructure and enables them to meet evolving workload demands with optimized scalable units of disaggregated flash storage and storage class memory (SCM).
The SSD converter controller is powering an innovative class of low-power, low-latency and high-performance Ethernet Bunch of Flash (EBOF) storage appliances. In a typical high-end 2U24 shelf with Gen3x4 SSDs, the 88SN2400 can support up to 18M input/output operations per second (IOPS). Utilizing a Marvell Ethernet switch that supports 2Tb/s and the Marvell 88SN2400, data center operators will be able to benefit from a 150GB/s pipe of pooled storage, and better power consumption per IO compared to general purpose architectures. The SSD converter controller is optimized for a small footprint and can be attached to existing backplanes providing ease of service and eliminating single point of failure. The technology can also be designed into future Marvell SSD and emerging SCM controllers.
Samples of the Marvell 88SN2400 are available now. For more information on the 88SN2400 and how it can help architect new solutions for the data center, please visit: