The Napkin Dialogues: “Open”-ing up to SDN
I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent individual. Well, perhaps “reasonably” is a debatable term; just ask my friends. Or my wife. (Then again, don’t ask my wife.) Reasonable or not, though, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around what all this “software defined” stuff is supposed to mean, and I have to […]
Thoughts and Observations: Software Defined Storage
Last week I had the rare pleasure of being able to attend a storage conference (rare in the sense that I usually am one of the speakers, rather than one of the attendees). It was SNIA’s Storage Developer’s Conference, and like most events there were both things that were interesting and worthwhile, and things that […]
Storage Distance by Protocol, Part IV: Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
In the past articles we’ve talked about doing distance extension for SANs, focusing first on building the physical elements that are required, before moving on to how Fibre Channel can be extended using buffer credits. In this article we’re going to talk about how it is best to think of extending Fibre Channel over Ethernet […]
Storage Distance by Protocol, Part III – Fibre Channel
In Napkin Dialogues fashion, we learn about how Fibre Channel is used in long-distance situations.
Storage Distance by Protocol, Part II – Physical Layer
In the second part of the FibreChannel and FCoE distance series, we learn about how the physical layer is critical for understanding storage distances before we ever get to the protocol.
Storage Distance by Protocol – FC, FCoE, and FCIP, Part I
Understand how distance intersects with the choice of Fibre Channel, FCoE, FCIP, and iSCSI storage protocols.
Fibre Channel Standards, Speeds and Feeds, and Generation “X”
Okay, I have a confession to make. I’ve been somewhat amused by Brocade’s recent “Gen 5” Fibre Channel campaign. After all, the idea that “we’re going to simply call 16G Fibre Channel something other than 16G Fibre Channel and pretend that people will not figure out that it’s really just 16G Fibre Channel” is, well, amusing!
The Napkin Dialogues: Lossless iSCSI
We bring out the napkins again to discuss lossless iSCSI and its design implications