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.
#EngineersUnplugged S3|Ep3: FCOE, Fact or Fiction (Part 1)
Welcome to another episode of Engineers Unplugged! This week features Cisco’s Andrew Levin (@AndLevin) discussing the use cases for FCOE with Nexus IS’s Paul Sferratore (@MadItalianATL). This is a detailed and nuanced debate of the pros and cons based on a variety of scenarios from large-scale to smaller deployments. Listen in and let us know […]
Introducing MDS 9710 Multilayer Director and MDS 9250i Multiservice Switch – Raising the Bar for Storage Networks
The data center landscape has changed dramatically in several dimensions. Server virtualization is almost a defacto standard with a big increase in VM density. And there is a move towards world of many clouds. Then there is the massive data growth. Some studies show that data is doubling in every 2 years while there is […]
Mega Trends are Reshaping Storage Area Networks. But Are You Ready?
The data center landscape has changed dramatically in several dimensions. Server virtualization is almost a defacto in our customers’ data centers with a big increase in VM density. They are also moving towards world of many clouds. And then there is the massive data growth. Some studies show that data is doubling in every 2 […]
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!