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

November 19, 2013 at 9:04 am PST

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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#EngineersUnplugged S4|Ep4: Flash Acceleration

November 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm PST

This week we’re back on Engineers Unplugged with special guests J Metz (@drjmetz) and Francois Zimmerman (@francoiszim), who discuss Flash Acceleration and the recent CVD release (Cisco Solution for Hitachi Unified Compute Solution) on the topic. Great discussion about how flash storage is changing the conversation, from the tech and business perspective:

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Cloud Service Provider deploys End-to-End FCoE

November 13, 2013 at 10:50 am PST

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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With the converged FCoE architecture, ElasticCUVIC is enabling CTC customers to gain Read More »

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#EngineersUnplugged S4|Ep2: Storage Is the New Black

October 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm PST

Welcome back to the latest episode of Engineers Unplugged, featuring the inimitable dynamic duo of storage, Vaughn Stewart (@vStewed) and Chad Sakac (@sakacc). They discuss three key trends in storage today: flash, distributed DAS, and software control plane. Storage is the new black, let’s learn why:

And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a unicorn, a flash unicorn.

Flash Unicorn! Thanks to Vaughn Stewart and Chad Sakac for the artwork.

Flash Unicorn! Thanks to Vaughn Stewart and Chad Sakac for the artwork.

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Practical Tips for Safekeeping your Mobile Devices

Now when I’m talking about safekeeping a mobile device, I’m not saying don’t use your Kindle by the pool or let your toddler play on the iPad while eating ice cream. These are dangerous things to be doing with a gadget, but today I want to focus more on the data within that device, rather than the device itself.

No matter what you do, your device may be stolen. It only takes a moment of inattention for someone to swipe your phone or tablet. Before that unfortunate event occurs, there are several things that you can do to mitigate the damage that occurs from the loss of a mobile device.
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