NVMe over Fabric "Target" server for Windows Server 2016
HPE (and other vendors like Tyan) are producing exciting pieces of kit like the DL385 G10 1-2 processor AMD servers that can stack 24 NVMe drives into themselves and ******** a whole lot of (5) network cards into their PCIe slots. Currently MS can use servers like this in it's S2D implementations but I'm wondering why they should limit themselves to homogenous environments like that when we can deploy them into Software Defined SANs as well?
Enter the NVMeoF "Target" server for Windows Server 2016 where you can deploy your server onto any of these target hardware platforms and then present these disk over RDMA to any number of "initiator" servers who use the disks over the network as NVMe storage.
Why pay a Tier 1 hardware vendor for a feature that should be standards driven and available from your already engaged Tier 1 software vendor that allows you to construct your storage environment that doesn't work well with software defined storage as your compute / storage and network requirements are asymmetric?
Paying a premium to vendors like Netapp, E-8 or other entrants into this space seems counter intuitive when you can build the rest of the SDSAN solution with commodity hardware and Windows Server 2016.