Cavium Announces Support for FC-NVMe Standard



Cavium Inc., a provider of semiconductor products for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, announces support for the newly ratified NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) 1.0 standard. Cavium’s industry-leading QLogic 2700 series Gen 6 and 2690 Series Enhanced Gen 5 Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) support connecting NVMe storage over Fibre Channel networks concurrently with the existing storage by using the updated firmware and drivers.

The Cavium FC-NVMe drivers are targeted towards customers connecting flash-based storage arrays to servers over Fibre Channel networks. Pre-release software for the Linux OS is available for download by contacting Cavium Sales. Three usage scenarios are supported:

• Initiator mode: Drivers and firmware for hosts containing initiator mode QLogic 2700 Series Gen 6 or 2690 Series Enhanced Gen 5 HBAs
• Target mode: Drivers for storage servers or array controllers containing target mode QLogic 2700 Series Gen 6 or 2690 Series Enhanced Gen 5 HBAs
• Target mode (SPDK): Drivers (based on user mode SPDK technology) for storage servers or array controllers containing target mode QLogic 2700 Series Gen 6 or 2690 Series Enhanced Gen 5 HBAs

INCITS/T11 committee for Fibre Channel Interfaces recently approved the standard ensuring concurrent support and interoperability for FC-NVMe and the existing Fibre Channel protocols. Craig Carlson, Chairman of the T11 standards committee on FC-NVMe, said, “Cavium was a leading contributor to the definition and development of the FC-NVMe standard. Cavium actively participated by contributing resources and talent to the effort, and when the committee was investigating the new technology, Cavium engineers took many of the ideas and created POC code and provided valuable and timely feedback.”

Workloads that demand higher throughput, IOPs and lower latency are moving to flash. The NVMe protocol has been designed from the ground up for flash, and features deep parallelism, random access, and allows access to flash over PCI Express (PCIe) to maximize bandwidth. FC-NVMe extends these benefits over a Fibre Channel fabric. The low latency, lossless and efficient data handling capabilities of Fibre Channel are ideally suited to extend the performance and latency advantages of NVMe over a network.

Contact Information

Cavium Networks

805 East Middlefield Road
Mountain View, CA, 94043
USA

tele: 650.623.7000
fax: 650.625.9761
sales@caviumnetworks.com
www.caviumnetworks.com

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