byScott Shimomura07-19-201602:00 AM - edited 07-19-201612:50 PM
Digital transformation is driving new requirements for modern infrastructure and the evolving datacenter workloads require more performance than ever. Cloud, analytics, and automation technology are powering workloads that continue to drive data growth. Social platforms, big data, and mobility contribute to the doubling of stored data every 2-3 years. Your storage infrastructure has to evolve to keep up with the changes or your competitors will pass you.
Businesses are faced with overwhelming challenges pertaining to growth in structured and unstructured data, as well as increased pressure to transform their IT department from a cost burden to an economic engine.
Are you under increased pressure to drive higher-density virtualization with flash storage and keep up with mobility and cloud services? Are data-hungry apps putting increased strain on critical IT resourses? Is the data explosion (which is predicted to generate 20 zettabytes of data globally each year) making your head hurt?
Visibility, Monitoring, Alerting, Diagnostics... Real-time information about your production environment is king! It helps you meet service level objectives. Brocade 7840 IPEX gives you everything you need to monitor IP storage flows between data centers. The third in a series of three EMC World blogs.
Do you have a variety of IP based storage devices (Data Domain, Isilon, DLm, SRDF, RecoverPoint, ECS...) all of which have multiple links with traffic headed to a remote data center? Do the links outnumber the amount of WAN bandwidth (i.e., oversubscribed WAN)? The second in a series of three EMC World blogs discussing two more IPEX use cases: Link Aggregation and Bandwidth Pooling/Balance.
byScott Shimomura05-02-201609:20 AM - edited 05-02-201609:44 AM
Truer words were never spoken, plus he’s my boss… The reality is flash is having a huge impact on infrastructure requirements. Legacy networks were not designed to maximize the potential of flash storage, creating potential performance bottlenecks and degradation to application availability. The all-flash data center requires a modern network purpose-built for high performance storage.
Today, EMC launched EMC Unity, a modern midrange storage solution, engineered from the ground-up to meet customer requirements for flash, affordability and simplicity. This is a game changing product line that will address just about any storage need from block, file, to VVols as well as Fibre Channel and IP connectivity. It can be deployed as all flash, hybrid, converged, or software-defined depending on the requirements and cost considerations. It’s a compelling value proposition that addresses performance, flexibility, and simplicity requirements in affordable flash configurations.
To achieve maximum value from EMC Unity storage, organizations require a modern storage network that is easy to deploy and manage without sacrificing performance or reliability. Today, Brocade announced that its Gen 6 Fibre Channel and IP storage networking technologies are providing the network foundation for EMC Unity storage.
Brocade’s Gen 6 Fibre Channel and IP storage networking technologies provide an agile and easy-to-deploy storage networking for EMC Unity that eliminates bottlenecks for high-transaction, mixed workloads in flash-based arrays. When it comes to
on 05-02-201607:00 AM - last edited on 05-02-201602:37 PM by jason_cmgr
Brocade 7840 IPEX delivers the High Performance WAN for IP Storage applications. The first in a series of three EMC World blogs discusses two IPEX use cases: Performance improvement using TCP Acceleration and Encryption of data in-flight between data centers.
In a Brocade sponsored Guru Session, Moore will be joining EMC CTO John Roese to offer a unique perspective where business meets technology, in this age of disruption. Brocade CMO Christine Heckart will introduce the session.
byScott Shimomura04-05-201606:08 AM - edited 04-05-201606:09 AM
Fibre Channel networks deliver the consistently high performance needed to move workloads at any scale, at flash-leveraging speeds. Imagine moving the entire digital Library of Congress in seven seconds...
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.
The exploding number of virtualized applications and increasing use of All Flash Arrays (AFAs) have catapulted storage networking requirements to new heights. Storage administrators now need a foundational business architecture that can support the massive data demands of virtualized applications and stunningly high storage media performance, while providing the visibility and insights needed to manage the entire storage infrastructure as a cohesive resource.
byScott Shimomura03-01-201605:00 AM - edited 03-01-201608:57 AM
So do you take the blue pill or the red pill? You take the blue pill and the story ends, you wake up in the data center believing in the fantasy where FCoE and Infiniband take over the world, hyperconverged solves all your problems, and hardware is irrelevant. You take the red pill, you stay in reality where data matters, storage matters, and most importantly, where the network matters. Remember, all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.
Welcome to the reality of today’s and tomorrow’s data center. This isn’t about solving every IT problem with a single solution. It isn’t about future-proofing against change. There isn’t instant ROI. This is about real problems that enterprise customers face every day with their storage infrastructure. How do you keep your business up and running non-stop? How do you keep up with the demands from your customers? How do you manage growth? How do you protect your digital assets from malicious breaches?
Does size matter in the data center? With Cisco’s launch of the 9718, I am reminded of what it’s like to shop at Costco. You are surrounded by enormous versions of products that you don’t necessarily want or need. Who needs a jar of mayonnaise when you can get a gallon vat of mayonnaise? Why buy the king-sized bag of Cheetos when you can buy the jumbo seven pound sack? Or why buy six or even twelve rolls of toilet paper when you can buy thirty?
The problem is when you get home, where are you going to put this stuff? Will you ever use it? Buying bigger seemed right at first, but then you have the inevitable regrets that you didn’t buy smarter.
Costco… I mean Cisco added the MDS 9718 to its director product family to address a requirement that we don’t hear from storage customers. They aren’t asking us to build a larger chassis or massively increase port density. They are asking for technology that enables operation stability, predictable performance, and simple scalability. Cisco didn’t build that… they launched a monolithic chassis (based on a Nexus 7718 IP switch) designed to address high port density that comes at the expense of massive size and unbelievable energy consumption. Fun fact: a fully populated 9718 draws more energy than 11 average US homes.
Clients should not have to make choices between availability, scalability, and performance manageability. Enterprise Storage should be easy-to-deploy and seamless to manage. At INFINIDAT we believe in the importance of storage without compromise. To do so, we recommend pairing our revolutionary InfiniBox with a strong partner ecosystem to deliver best-in-class datacenter solutions for our clients.
While all-flash and hybrid arrays are finally becoming mainstream in the data center, there is a new wave of innovation on the horizon that will enable even better application performance. Server-side storage isn’t new, however Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is emerging as a new storage platform that will drive massive performance gains.
Applications will see better random and sequential performance by reducing latency and enabling much more parallelism through an optimized PCI Express (PCIe) interface purpose-built for solid state storage.
So why does networking matter for host-based storage? On the surface, it would seem counterintuitive. However, what do you do when you want to share storage or want high availability functionality such as failover? Simple, you connect the storage over a fabric. The NVM Express over Fabrics initiative was started to begin to address these needs. While there are Ethernet with RDMA, Infiniband-based and Intel Omni-Path fabrics, they leverage networking technologies that are not widely deployed for enterprise storage. This means potential NVMe customers would have to deploy additional networks to support their storage.
byjbleess11-16-201509:45 AM - edited 11-18-201509:20 AM
The combination of a New IP architecture along with the launch of the Datalake 2.0 strategy by EMC, has added new tools to extend the traditional boundries of the datalake. Combining IsilonSD for remote or temporary locations with our VCS Fabric based Isilon core, allowed a reanalysis of the unstructured data we manage.
Strategic partnership between Brocade and QLogic has resulted in co-developing a set of advanced features designed to streamline and reduce time for provisioning, increase the reliability of data transfers, and add resiliency and improved management visibility. The features leverage Fabric Vision and extend management functionality and simplicity for joint customer and further differentiates Brocades products in the storage market.
byTim Lustig10-28-201505:01 AM - edited 10-28-201507:40 AM
Technology has been an enabler since the first hand tools and cultivation of agriculture begun. Continually improving life and increasing human productivity based on skills learned and passed down over generations and tens of thousands of years. The accumulation of knowledge and the ability to progress technology by sharing information accelerated with Johann Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. The launch of the Internet in 1991 further facilitated the sharing of information and smart phones made accessing information much easier by placing it right in an individual’s palm. Due to this, we have seen an accelerated speed at which communication occurs and subsequently, over the years, an increase in technology development.
We recently recorded a series of videos at VMworld US 2015 with a few of our partners to talk about why the network is important when it comes to storage. When going back and watching these videos one statement stands out. Jerimiah Dooley, Principal Architect for SolidFire, says “Of all the customers that use SolidFire today, how many of the end users, ones that are using the applications, know what switch vendor is providing connectivity? The answer is none of them.” He goes on to say they should never know because when everything is working properly they don’t care. However, as soon as something doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to everyone will know which vendor is to blame. This is one of the most important reasons programs like Brocade’s Solid State Ready program (SSR) are in place to make sure the integration between the storage and the network infrastructure is as seamless as possible and has been validated by both companies.
Storage, networking and virtual advances are driving a huge impact in places you might not expect. In the case of The Jim Henson Company, most notably known for Muppets and Sesame Street characters, these technologies are being leveraged to drive new programming and ventures.
In recent years, The Jim Henson Company has been developing new ways to take traditional puppetry to the digital animation space. It has developed advanced simulation capabilities driven by the company’s own animation software engine, a workstation using a joystick and a digital glove, and actors with body sensors enabling puppeteers to manipulate a digital puppet exactly like they would a physical puppet.