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Next Generation Data Center Design With MDS 9710 – Part I

 

High Speed (16Gbps) and High Capacity (384 Line Rate ports per Chassis)

Data centers are undergoing a major transition to meet higher performance, scalability, and resiliency requirements with fewer resources, smaller footprint, and simplified designs. These rigorous requirements coupled with major data center trends, such as virtualization, data center consolidation  and data growth, are putting a tremendous amount of strain on the existing infrastructure and adding complexity. MDS 9710 is designed to surpass these requirements without a forklift upgrade for the decade ahead.

MDS 9700 provides unprecedented

  • Performance - 24 Tbps Switching capacity
  • Reliability -- Redundancy for every critical component in the chassis including Fabric Card
  • Flexibility -- Speed, Protocol, DC Architecture

In addition to these unique capabilities MDS 9710 provides the rich feature set and investment protection to customers.

In this series of blogs I plan to focus on design requirements of the next generation DC with MDS 9710.  We will review one aspect of the DC design requirements in each.  Let us look at performance today. A lot of customers how MDS 9710 delivers highest performance today. The performance that application delivers depend

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Summary : Unmatched Flexibility with Multi-Protocol Connectivity…End-To-End!

March 7, 2014 at 9:35 am PST

Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future” – Jedi Master Yoda.
Yoda image credit: www.yodaquotes.net

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“Planning for the future can be challenging . To effectively prepare for the unknown it is best to design into any plans, the added flexibility. This is especially true with IT. ” wrote Amit Jain  AmitJain

In a very clear article , published for the NetApp Community , Amit explores solutions  to wire your data center storage network once with a flexible network technology that can be re-configured through software to run any storage protocol

Wether you are ready to make the transition from FC to Ethernet or not, Amit suggests elegant architectures which provide maximum flexibility.
He explains on one hand the primary reasons to adopt Multi-hop and end-to-end FCoE, on the other hand the advantages of Cisco 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks with Unified Port (UP), and the new functionalities provided by NetApp Unified Target Adapter (UTA 2), which prepare you for a future transition if you decide to wait .

“Ethernet-based data center infrastructures offer a degree of future-proofing because the physical transport can support multiple protocols and data traffic types, including block and file storage traffic”  insists  Amit.

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To stay ahead of the game, I encourage you to read here the full article, and to check Amit’s series of blogs on customer adoption of end-to-end Ethernet-based Multi-protocol storage networks.

Follow Amit Jain on Twitter  @amitjain_Leo

 

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Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Switch, General Availability:Order Today!

Cisco launched MDS 9250i Multiservice Switch, the Next Gen storage services platform in 2013 and today we are announcing the general availability of MDS 9250i Multiservice Switch, the first fixed 16GFC platform available in the MDS series.

The MDS 9250i eliminate service sprawl and offers a single platform for multiprotocol storage, like Fibre Channel, FCoE, FICON, FCIP, and iSCSI. On top of being a protocol multi-tool, the MDS 9250i provides high-performance SAN Extension solutions that leverage a rich set of Storage Services (i.e  IO Accelerator (IOA), and Data Mobility Migration (DMM).) Specifically, it offers:

  • 40 Ports of line-rate16G FC,
  • 8 Ports 10GE FCoE and
  • 2 Ports 10GE FCIP/iSCSI

Cisco MDS 9250i is available through partners as of today.  Please check with OSM’s for availibility dates.

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Who’s deploying Multi-hop FCoE? – Part III

Previously, we saw how Boeing division (BDS) and University of Siegen have deployed Multi-hop FCoE and realized significant benefits. This blog highlights similar benefits achieved by Engineering Shared Infrastructure Services (ESIS) department at Netapp.

NetappNetapp’s ESIS department delivers and maintains end-to-end compute, storage, and network resources for internal Development and Quality Assurance engineers. These resources provide a platform for the innovation that creates storage systems and software, ultimately empowering NetApp customers around the world to store, manage, protect, and retain their data. The requirement was to have agility and versatility in providing storage connectivity between rack/blade Cisco UCS servers and NetApp clustered Data ONTAP storage arrays.

So, Netapp ESIS implemented an integrated model using Cisco Unified Fabric that supports FCoE from the UCS Servers through the Nexus Series Switches all the way to NetApp storage controllers.

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This Unified Fabric architecture reduced the number of management points and provided easy scalability. The TCO benefits were quite significant -- Netapp saved $300K in the hardware costs, more than $80,000 in the implementation costs and 1/3 of an FTE’s time Read More »

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Cloud Service Provider deploys End-to-End FCoE

In one of my earlier blogs, -- “How to get more SAN mileage….” -- I had highlighted how one can deploy End-to-End FCoE using a converged Director-class platform, like Nexus 7000, connected directly from the converged access switch, like UCS FI, in order to get the utmost agility. Well, this is how ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC), a Cloud Service provider, deployed its network to get significantly higher mileage.

CTCCTC provides a wide range of IT services for business customers in Japan. The company’s Cloud Platform Group recently launched its innovative ElasticCUVIC shared private cloud service, which helps customers reduce infrastructure cost and management complexity. With large numbers of VMs, CTC wanted to simplify its data center architecture and IT management while optimizing scalability.  The challenge was to deliver high-performance, easy-to-manage cloud services at scale.

The company evaluated several storage networking solutions and turned to Cisco for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) solutions, which greatly simplify the infrastructure and management. CTC built its two newest data centers in Yokohama and Kobe with ultra-high performance and flexibility in mind. CTC implemented an End-to-End FCoE architecture using Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches, Cisco UCS servers, and FCoE connections between the switches, servers, and FCoE storage arrays.

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