Storage Networks

Jim Rapoza

Fibre Channel Keeps Major Cloud Provider Up and Running

by Jim Rapoza on ‎11-18-2014 06:42 AM (930 Views)

Fibre Channel remains a key component of cutting edge data centers and will continue to be a major driver in future designs, and this is certainly true at Rackspace. A major provider of open cloud systems and storage, Rackspace needs their data centers to be able to handle lots of data, at high levels of performance, with no downtime. And while new technologies have tried to push Fibre Channel out, at Rackspace it is a key technology for their storage team.

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Large scale disasters, like hurricanes, can shut down many businesses over a wide area, and recent events have taught some hard lessons about disaster recovery. But have enterprises put together the right processes and plans to maintain business continuity and recover from disasters, both natural and man-made?

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In the data center, technologies fibre channel faces many misconceptions. It’s a legacy system not suited for modern technologies such as the cloud. Ethernet-based options have more flexibility and work better in the new data centers. As the world moves away from block storage, there’s less need for fibre channel. And so on.  But these beliefs about fibre channel don’t stand up when one looks at how data centers are being built now and in the near future.

 

 

 

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Bob Smith

Post HP Discover Dreams of Flow Vision and MAPS

by Bob Smith on ‎06-23-2014 01:00 PM (2,821 Views)

HP customers coming to the Brocade Booth booth at HP discover knew what they wanted – more control, more insight, and better tools for managing their SAN. We gave them what they wanted with Fabric Vision

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