Storage Networks

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 (4,049 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 (4,157 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 (4,864 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 (4,923 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 (7,743 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 (9,065 Views)

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

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Data can enable the insights that lead to better decisions and organizations to be more effective. But reaching these insights often requires a high performance network and integrated infrastructure that’s ready for

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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 (7,073 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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In IP Storage Backup and Recovery the Network Matters

by David Eoff on ‎04-27-2017 05:30 AM (3,347 Views)

Given that data is at the heart of any business, it's crucial to protect it with backup and disaster recovery technologies. Regulatory and competitive pressures, increasingly complex and distributed IT environments, rapid data

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Storage, networking and virtual advances are driving a huge impact in the world of media and entertainment.  At Brocade customers such as The Jim Henson Company, Jamfilled Entertainment, Vice Media and other media and entertainment companies globally, these technologies are being leveraged in pre- and post- production to greatly improve

 

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The Best Treasures in Connectrix B-Series

by AJ Casamento on ‎04-18-2017 08:57 AM (8,436 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 (14,829 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 (10,943 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 (9,705 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 (7,251 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 (13,988 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 (7,341 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 (9,881 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 (4,472 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 (4,126 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 (7,044 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 (8,523 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 (4,463 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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What’s exciting about VMID technology?

by trevorj on ‎09-15-2016 05:50 AM (4,274 Views)

Recent news from VMworld put a spring in my step when I read that Qlogic in collaboration with Brocade demonstrated their StorFusion VMID technology...

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Get Faster Flash with NVMe Over Fabric!

by jcall ‎08-25-2016 01:00 PM - edited ‎08-25-2016 02:01 PM (2,906 Views)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve been hearing (EVERYWHERE) about the insane performance benefits available with latest generation storage arrays.

 

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RFID for Virtual Machines without the Soviet Spy Origins

by iomatters on ‎08-25-2016 10:49 AM (3,734 Views)

RFID (aka Radio Frequency Identification) technology which uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track objects has revolutionized warehouses, super stores and the California Toll roads.

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