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Attending EMC World? Why Duct Tape Doesn't Fix IP Storage Limitations

by Marc Angelinovich ‎04-20-2016 10:14 AM - edited ‎04-20-2016 10:22 AM (3,220 Views)

Over the last couple years, IT organizations have been under increased pressure to do more immediately but with less money...

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Demystifying IP SAN

by AJ Casamento on ‎03-16-2016 04:03 PM - last edited on ‎03-18-2016 11:43 AM by ShelbyKhan (5,992 Views)

Do you ever run into one of those situations where people are using a term in a context different from the one you think of? Many times I find that happens in a situation where something has been around for so long that "everybody knows" what it is. But what "everybody knows" is different based on their personal history or experience. For me, IP SAN is one of those terms. Networked storage of one form or another; presented by one protocol or another has been part of my professional life since the early 1980s. But times and terms change and it can be confusing to people as to what is meant by the term. So lets see if we can't shed some light on this.

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Move over Godzilla. There is a new sheriff in town.

 

EMC unleashed “The Beast” this week at EMC World, which is their new aptly named software upgrade for XtremIO 3.X all-flash storage that more than doubles supported all-flash capacity to 40TB, with the ability to cluster eight of these monsters together with consistent and predictable sub-millisecond performance.

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EMC World 2015: More About IP Extension

by mdetrick ‎05-06-2015 08:00 AM - edited ‎05-06-2015 11:55 AM (6,179 Views)

IPEX is based on 5 pillars. These tenants are distinctly different, crucial to many environments, and made up the design criteria for Brocade Extension Engineering. To review, they are:

 

  • High Performance (covered in part 2 of 3 in this series)
  • Operational Excellence
  • Superior Availability
  • Strong Security
  • Easy Deployment 

Today, we will discuss the remaining four pillars.

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EMC World 2015: It’s all about Performance!

by mdetrick on ‎05-05-2015 08:00 AM (3,707 Views)

Welcome back to the second installment on Brocade 7840 IPEX. Today’s blog is all about improving performance of IP storage applications between data centers, a cornerstone of IPEX. There is A LOT to this pillar, so, I’ve devoted today’s entire blog to just to this subject. Here is a list of pertinent Brocade technologies implemented in IPEX that enhance native IP storage performance:

 

  • Purpose built hardware and software
  • Intolerant IP storage applications
  • WAN Optimized TCP
  • TCP Acceleration
  • End-to-End Flow Control
  • Data batching
  • Jumbo Frames
  • Adaptive Rate Limiting (ARL)
  • QoS (Enforcement and Marking)
  • Compression
  • Scalability
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EMC World 2015: Take Control with IP Extension

by mdetrick on ‎05-04-2015 07:30 AM (5,843 Views)

Good morning EMC World 2015! Here we are again in Las Vegas pursuing the latest technological advancements for our storage and cloud environments.

 

This year EMC and Brocade are proud to present something entirely new: IPEX (IPEX = IP Extension) on the Brocade 7840 (EMC Connectrix MP-7840B). You say, Hummm… Why do I need extension for IP? I’m sure you’re thinking, can’t I just handoff my IP storage flows to the network? Of course, I hope the Network Admins meet their SLAs (Service Level Agreements) so I can meet mine! Who out there wants to have SLA responsibility that in turn relies on the network SLA, of which you have no control? Yep, that’s what I thought… No One!

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Don’t Get Caught with Data Security Gaps

by Jim Rapoza on ‎04-27-2015 12:01 AM (4,788 Views)

When important people need protection, how does it usually work? For example, a president, prime minister or other world leader? Typically, if there’s any kind of expected threat, it’s full protection round the clock, everywhere and with no margin for error.

 

Now imagine that, instead of this kind of protection, a world leader under threat had multiple locations that were very secure but, when they moved between locations, instead of armored cars and lots of bodyguards, they had to run alone through the streets to get to their destination?

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