Samsung has recently announced development of the first standards-based prototype of KV (Key Value) SSD, a storage device that shifts the storage workload from server CPU into the storage device itself. Key Value storage devices are more scalable and durable, simplify software programming and make more effective use of storage resources in IT applications.
“Our KV SSD prototype is leading the industry into a new realm of standardized next-generation SSDs, one that we anticipate will go a long way in optimizing the efficiency of network storage and extending the processing power of the server CPUs to which they’re connected,” said Hangu Sohn, Vice President of NAND Product Planning, Samsung Electronics.
Just like NoSQL vs RDBMS, the Key Value storage devices offer higher efficiency in handling vast amounts of unstructured data. While we don’t expect the Key Value storage devices to fully replace traditional block-based storage, we do expect that in the next few years the key value storage devices will carve for themselves a sizeable portion of enterprise storage market.
Implementation-wise, we forecast the Key Value storage devices to be developed as SSDs mostly with either RISC-V or Open POWER Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) microcontrollers.