The Napkins Dialogues: Life of a Packet (Walk), Part 1
Lately I’ve been giving a lot of presentations about storage basics. I actually really enjoy it, because it makes me rethink some of the things that I took for granted, and it helps me understand some of the gaps in my own knowledge when questions arise. When you think of how we do certain things […]
NVMe for Absolute Beginners
If you've recently started hearing about NVMe, here's a way to get brought up to speed in plain English.
Balancing the MDS Scales in Your Favor
One of the main themes I’ve been running into a lot lately is the sense of scale. For a while the term actually lost much of its meaning because it has been used to describe any number of systems that happen to be large. Scale-up. Scale-out. At scale. See what I mean? The term is […]
The Napkin Dialogues: Nexus Programmability, Part II
When last we left our hero, he (that is, me, or I) was getting a crash course in Nexus programmability and trying to understand what all of this stuff meant. I had plied Jim* with beer in order to get him to explain to me – using the available napkins in the bar – what […]
Load Balancing with Dynamic FCoE
Learn how load balancing and recovery works in a Dynamic FCoE situation.
The Napkin Dialogues: Nexus Programmability, Part I
I know that I take a different approach to learning new things than most people. At least, I know my approach is different than the way people present them. The good news is that when I get something, I really get it. However, when looking at the juggernaut that is “Software-Defined X,” or even “programmability,” […]
What is Dynamic FCoE?
It’s been a very busy few weeks. The Data Storage Innovations (DSI) conference, the Ethernet Summit conference, EMCWorld, and next week at CiscoLive, I’ve been starting to talk about a new concept in Data Center storage networks called Dynamic FCoE. Understandably, there have been a lot of questions about it, and I wanted to try […]
Thoughts on #OpenStack and Software-Defined Storage
This week has been the semi-annual OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, GA. In a rare occurrence I’ve been able to be here as an attendee, which has given me wide insight into a world of Open Source development I rarely get to see outside of some interpersonal conversations with DevOps people. (If you’re not sure what […]
Two Resources on Nexus Programmability
As I start to explore more and more information about Software-Defined Networking and Programmability in the Nexus portfolio, I’ve been fortunate that there have been a lot of people helping me learn along the way. I thought I’d share some of these as it gave me a bit more insight into some of the more […]