The NVM Express Organization is pleased to announce the 1.0 release of the open source VMWare ESXi 5.0 vmklinux driver. The release is a result of the co-development effort between VMWare and PMC-Sierra. The two companies worked together for over nine months to co-develop the first NVMe driver for VMware ESXi 5.0.

The driver passed the ESXi 5.0 certification with an NVMe SSD based on PMC-Sierra’s PCIe NVMe Controller, and is ready to be extended to support NVMe SSDs from other vendors. The driver is is a SCSI driver and the source code may be downloaded from

Kwok Kong, director of software engineering from PMC-Sierra will give a status update on August 4th, 2014 at Flash Memory Summit in Pre-Conference Seminar F, an Introduction to NVM Express for Implementers. Flash Memory Summit 2014 runs from August 4 – 7, in Santa Clara, California.