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
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
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
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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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
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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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. But for optimal results, and to take full advantage of this investment, you need a network that is as fast as the infrastructure.
Typically, that will involve upgrading your network to Generation 6 Fibre Channel (FC). There’s no need for rip and replace. Simply upgrading to 32Gbps with Gen 6 FC can quadruple application performance and deliver 71% faster response times (compared to a legacy 8Gbps network)1.
As Gartner2 shows in its report “The Future of Storage Protocols”, “Fibre Channel is a mature low-latency, high-bandwidth, high-throughput protocol due to its deterministic nonblocking design. This high-link efficiency makes FC well-suited for storage traffic” So much so, that FC “will remain as the data center storage protocol of choice for the next decade”.
Why? As Gartner reports, “Future protocols (such as 40GbE used for iSCSI), file-based protocols (such as NFS and SMB) and current block protocols (such as 16Gbps Fibre Channel) will be too slow for the next generation of solid-state storage and hybrid arrays.”
Flash needs a faster network, much faster.
At the recent Flash Memory Summit, numerous presentations highlighted the fact that the network has become the bottleneck in today’s storage infrastructure. And that bottleneck is with current SSD technologies.
However, flash is evolving rapidly. New 3D NAND flash technology (like Intel’s 3D XPoint) promises ultra-low latency and high density memories—offering up to 10,000 times the performance benefit over traditional hard drives.
To deliver the speed of these new flash devices the industry has embraced a new flash storage protocol called NVMe (Non Volatile Memory Express). This protocol replaces the aging SCSI driver, used with HDDs for decades, which has a significant performance penalty.
But with all of the performance and capacity gains at the device level, what about the network? How do we avoid it becoming the restricting element in today’s data center?
NVMe over FC is the future
With brilliant insight, the industry has adopted a new network standard for NVMe devices, called NVMe over Fabrics or NVMe-oF. This standard allows NVMe traffic to be transported on fabric technologies such as FC, Ethernet or InfiniBand. Solutions for most fabrics types are in development now and trial versions are appearing regularly.
One very natural technology progression is with NVMe over Fibre Channel. Given high performance FC, when data centers deploy new flash arrays it is typically with Gen 5/6 FC as the preferred network. As these flash storage devices transition to NVMe, IT leaders can seamlessly and transparently deploy new NVMe-based ultra-fast applications without upgrading their FC network. New Gen 6 Director-class switches are NVMe-ready today!
Flash is getting much faster and the new NVMe protocol is a welcome enhancement. But many applications will still require shared storage and, when performance matters, NVMe over FC will be the logical choice. Building a modern storage network for flash will unlock the full capabilities of the all-flash data center and prepare IP leaders for a future of insanely fast and reliable applications.
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...
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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The Gen 6 Fibre Channel eco-system is rapidly developing with the latest news coming from Brocade on its rollout of the new X6 Director family with Gen 6 technology. The X6 Director family will power the heart of the data center with 364 ports that can scale up with port blades, delivering a maximum port speed of up to 32 Gbps.
When it comes to large-scale, mission-critical workloads, INFINIDAT leads in enterprise storage by focusing on the evolving requirements of the datacenter. Our unique, flash-optimized storage architecture
At Tegile, we’ve worked diligently to ensure that our storage solutions serve today’s data centers. Our desire to solve leading-edge needs for performance and capacity is why we are proud to partner with Brocade on its next-generation storage networking technology.