Gartner Research

The Future of Storage Protocols

Published: 29 June 2016

ID: G00307902

Analyst(s): Stanley Zaffos , Valdis Filks


Storage networking investments are becoming a critical top priority due to the adoption of high-throughput, solid-state and flash storage. Here, from an IT leaders' perspective, we review the most common data center storage networking protocols.

Table Of Contents


  • Relative Complexity
  • FC (Fibre Channel)
  • iSCSI
  • FCoE
  • PCIe
  • InfiniBand
  • NVMe
  • NFS
  • SMB
  • Object Storage Protocols
  • Ethernet-Based Storage Networking
  • Summary

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