Storage Networks

In the classic film, “City Slickers”, the old, crusty cowboy named Curly gives the burned-out ad man, Mitch, a sage piece of advice, namely, the secret to life is to find your 'one thing'. As technologists, we spend a

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The Real Deal

by Marcus Thordal on ‎05-01-2018 08:30 AM (921 Views)

The theme for DELL Technologies World is Make it Real with regards to Digital Transformation of the business; at Brocade we have packed our booth full of experts and great demonstrations to show you the latest and greatest in automated and modernized storage networking the foundation for your Digital Transformation -in short, The Real Deal!

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Time to move beyond Send-Expect

by Chip Copper on ‎04-24-2018 08:30 AM - last edited on ‎04-24-2018 08:53 AM by Community Manager (2,245 Views)

In the early days of computing, people figured out pretty quickly that there are some operations that need to be performed over and over. I used to have a TRS-80 Model I that I used to log into CompuShare over a 110 baud modem. The login process was repetitive and tedious. One command in the wrong order

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Transformation is Everywhere-From Music to the Data Center-Are You Ready?

by mlemieu ‎04-17-2018 05:30 AM - edited ‎04-17-2018 07:08 AM (1,743 Views)

The rise of digital transformation is changing everything around us. This ranges from traditional communication, to day-to-day activities, to interaction with others, and even the way we do business. Take music for example, we no longer carry around a portfolio of CDs for a road trip or buy a collection of CDs to hear a handful of our 

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The Power of Automation

by Marc Angelinovich on ‎04-10-2018 06:00 AM (2,050 Views)

Enterprises rely heavily on their technology investments to gain a competitive edge, and more importantly, keep up with the demands from an always-on data center. Over the years, IT jobs have become more difficult because of the complexity from growing data assets, multiple management tools, increasing pressure to extract intelligence from the data, and overall volume of data they need to store and protect. In fact, according to ESG’s research, 68% of IT decision makers say that IT is more complex than 

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RoCE Horror, Volume 5: PFC Free

by Curt.Beckmann on ‎09-22-2017 03:11 PM (10,188 Views)

Good news for those seeking clarity in IT protocols. There is yet another version of RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) which no longer runs over Converged Ethernet...

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Is the whole industry being misled again, blinded by hype from big firms? ....
75% of all NVMe over Fabric adaptor units sold will be Ethernet-based in the next 2-3 years ... Really?!?  Can you say FCoE déjà vu!?

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Modernizing the data center

by Marcus Thordal ‎08-17-2017 03:33 PM - edited ‎08-22-2017 01:33 PM (11,564 Views)

Are you ready to challenge the ordinary, modernize and build your data center for tomorrow?

For VMworld 2017, Brocade has packed a booth full of experts and great demonstrations to inspire and learn on our joint path to pioneer the future.

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Coming soon to your All Flash Array: iNVMe!

by Curt.Beckmann on ‎08-15-2017 03:48 PM (13,016 Views)

NVMe over TCP (nicknamed "iNVMe") is the up-and-coming RDMA-free protocol for NVMe over Fabrics. Like iSCSI, NVMe over TCP offers commodity connectivity to storage arrays that get reliable, high performance connectivity via Fibre Channel.

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If you’re in the storage business you realize that NVMe is the next big transformation coming. This technology promises ultra-fast applications due to a significant decrease in data access latency versus HDDs (and even today’s SSDs!). NVMe will be like switching on “ludicrous-speed” for these leading-edge applications,

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What if you could set up your SAN in as much time as it takes to make a cup of coffee? Even a first-time user can quickly set up and configure a SAN fabric with the simplicity that is built in to

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Wednesday May 10, 2017, Blog 3: NVMe over FC Fabrics

by mdetrick on ‎05-10-2017 07:00 AM (12,329 Views)

Dell EMC World 2017: The Brocade Wednesday Blog - NVMe over FC Fabrics

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Tuesday May 9, 2017, Blog 2: HCI Hype

by mdetrick on ‎05-09-2017 07:00 AM (10,328 Views)

Dell EMC World 2017: The Brocade Tuesday Blog - HCI Hype

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Flash Back and Flash Forward: The All-Flash Data Center Is Already Here

by Scott Shimomura on ‎05-08-2017 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎05-09-2017 08:09 AM by Community Manager (13,637 Views)

Can you believe it all started over 20 years ago? Since 1995, Fibre Channel has been a key enabler of every new wave of storage innovation in the data center. It began by enabling shared storage and later led to mainstream adoption of server virtualization. Today, Fibre Channel is all about

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Dell EMC World 2017, Monday May 8, 2017, Blog 1: Extension (IPEX & FCIP)

by mdetrick ‎05-08-2017 06:28 AM - edited ‎05-08-2017 06:31 AM (21,990 Views)

Dell EMC World 2017: The Brocade Monday Blog - Extension (FCIP and IPEX)!

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Fibre Channel reigns as data center champion, learn how at Dell EMC World 2017

by Marc Angelinovich on ‎04-27-2017 12:43 PM - last edited on ‎04-27-2017 06:50 PM by Community Manager (11,814 Views)

In the data center, storage has experienced significant technology shifts across the board with one theme remaining constant; the customer’s unwavering expectation for performance and reliability. The impact storage has on an enterprise’s livelihood has increased over the years with gains in competitive advantage deli

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The Best Treasures in Connectrix B-Series

by AJ Casamento on ‎04-18-2017 08:57 AM (16,653 Views)

Easter egg hunts were a fun memory from my childhood. And that of course, given that I’m a bit of a geek about IT, made me think of the practice of hiding “Easter eggs” in applications, games and video content. And of course I thought; “In the whole

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Hands up for NVMe

by Curt.Beckmann ‎04-13-2017 03:10 PM - edited ‎04-14-2017 01:32 PM (31,784 Views)

I recently attended the Persistent Memory Summit (PMS), a Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) event. Why was a storage industry organization focusing on memory? Well, the theme was “Delivering on the Convergence of Storage and Memory.” A bold statement like that prompts the engineer in me to say

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The Virtues and Benefits of Brocade Gen 6

by AJ Casamento on ‎03-28-2017 05:00 AM (23,815 Views)

IT RULE #4: If you can’t measure, you can’t manage. (And if you can’t see, you’re not going to get anywhere)

 

It might be a bit strange to start a blog quoting a rule. But over the last 37+ years, I’ve learned a number of rules from my IT customers and this one is foundational. How is any IT team going to be

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Brocade VM Insight Eliminates the Guessing Game

by Marc Angelinovich on ‎03-28-2017 05:00 AM (17,723 Views)

If I told you that enterprise IT organizations are playing the game “Guess How Many Jelly Beans Are in The Jar” with their Virtual Machines (VMs), would you call me crazy?

Applying Brocade VM Insight into the IT infrastructure will eliminate the guess work an quickly determine the source of VM/application performance anomalies, as well as help provision and fine-tune the infrastructure based on VM/application requirements to meet service-level objectives.

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Affordable Gen 6 - Flash-Ready Without Compromise

by Celeste Crystal on ‎03-27-2017 09:58 PM - last edited on ‎03-28-2017 09:28 AM by Community Manager (12,745 Views)

Today marks a breakthrough moment; one which fundamentally redefines the economics of the storage infrastructure equation. After tens of thousands of conversations with our customers, decades of deploying best-in-class solutions, and thousands of product launch team hours, we’ve achieved an industry milestone by

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Not All Flash Systems Are The Same

by Marc Angelinovich on ‎03-08-2017 10:18 AM (19,490 Views)

As Hitachi Data Systems CTO Hu Yoshida promised last year, HDS is now upgrading its Virtual Storage Platform Flash environments to support Gen 6 Fibre Channel’s 32Gb speeds.

 

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Is NVMe over FC the future storage protocol for flash?

by phansen on ‎12-05-2016 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎08-17-2017 03:40 PM by Community Manager (12,347 Views)

The speed of flash-based storage is critical to accelerating application performance and throughput. This need is driving rapid adoption of flash in the data center. New solid-state storage devices are many orders of magnitude faster than traditional hard drives, as well as having other benefits like power and size.

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Gartner’s verdict on the future of storage protocols

by phansen ‎11-28-2016 09:00 AM - edited ‎11-28-2016 09:41 AM (16,709 Views)

You know that you need to upgrade your storage network, but which storage protocol should you use? Gartner provides a useful guide to compare them all: 

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The NVMe Party Begins

by Curt.Beckmann on ‎11-22-2016 12:00 AM (10,254 Views)

There’s been a lot of buzz about NVMe in the last year, as well as growing noise around NVMe-over-Fabrics.  There are several technology options for transporting NVMe-over-Fabrics, and so of course there are competitive claims about which is the best choice.  One of the claims that always makes me shake my head is when one side is behind on the performance numbers...

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Ready to get 4x app performance from your storage network?

by phansen on ‎11-21-2016 10:14 AM (9,905 Views)

In a new Gartner1 report, “The Future of Storage Protocols”, analysts reveal that “by upgrading the storage network, IT leaders can reduce costs. Upgrading consolidates the number of network switches, cables, and host-based adaptors or network interface cards.”

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Why you need to care about NVMe over Fabrics – now Part 2

by phansen on ‎11-08-2016 05:00 AM (12,797 Views)

A new research report from the Evaluator Group outlines the various benefits of NVMe over Fabrics in general, as well as a comparison of the primary fabric alternatives today –

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Why you need to care about NVMe over Fabrics – now

by phansen on ‎11-01-2016 05:28 AM - last edited on ‎11-08-2016 05:41 AM by ShelbyKhan (14,729 Views)

Three compelling observations regarding the future of storage that have significant and profound impact on critical infrastructure decisions that IT leaders are making today.

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Welcome to the New Era -- The Era of Gen 6

by Celeste Crystal on ‎09-26-2016 10:29 AM (9,512 Views)

The latest news at NetApp Insight this week is that NetApp’s flash-optimized storage arrays with ONTAP software now offer a 32 Gbps Gen 6 target card.

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