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Dell EMC PowerStore and Connectrix B-Series are ready for the new data era By now you have seen the announcement of the new Dell EMC PowerStore storage array, a modern storage appliance designed for the new data era.  You’re also probably aware that Brocade’s Fibre Channel products are sold and serviced as Dell EMC Connectrix B-Series storage networking. The combination of Dell EMC PowerStore and Connectrix B-Series storage networking provides enterprises the technology to transform their storage infrastructures for the new data era. But, what’s that mean?  What’s coming to the storage network in the data era?  Data is the lifeblood of so many businesses, ...
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Over the past few weeks, we have explored the set of capabilities that make Fibre Channel the technology best suited to support the highest demanding storage environments. It’s now time to look at the future and think about what can be expected of the technology going forward. We’re right at the moment when NVMe over Fabrics is going to start to take off in a very significant way. Fibre Channel switch vendors — both Brocade and Cisco — already support NVMe/FC in our Gen 5 and Gen 6 switches and directors, HBA vendors too — there are drivers for most major operating systems for both Emulex and Qlogic— and all-flash array vendors are starting to release arrays ...
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Welcome back to the next article in this series. This one took a little longer to come out thanks to our "friend" the coronavirus, which in the last couple of weeks has confined most of Europe and America inside our homes. With that said, I hope you and all your loved ones are safe and healthy, and please do stay home and only go out if strictly necessary! Without further ado, let's get on with it, and I hope this article proves an interesting reading that can take your mind away from the pandemic for a few minutes. Like I mentioned at the end of the last article , one of the typical arguments you’ll see Fibre Channel proponents making — and obviously Brocade ...
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Welcome back! So far we have addressed all the alternative storage networking protocols based on Ethernet/IP that have attempted to displace Fibre Channel as the gold standard for storage networking in the data center. But let’s address today the claims that Fibre Channel is somehow an incredibly complex technology that requires terribly advanced skills to deploy and operate, and that Ethernet is simple, affordable and everyone knows how to deploy and operate it simply by virtue of being Ethernet. These are, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article, half-truths. It is true that there is a much larger install based of Ethernet switch ports out in the marketplace ...
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In the previous article, I talked about the historical contexts in which iSCSI and FCoE—in 2002 and 2008 respectively—tried to replace Fibre Channel as the storage networking protocol of choice in the datacenter. In this post, I will address the latest attack Fibre Channel is already fending off from a pure ‘protocol wars’ point of view. This latest one comes on the heels of one of the most interesting and disruptive transitions we have seen in the storage industry in the past few decades: the emergence of flash storage, the transition away from SCSI to NVMe and the imminent irruption of a new generation of non-volatile memory technology for storage that has ...
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With the Advent of HCI, SDS, NVMe, NVMe-oF and SCM, is Fibre Channel Dead (Again) Among this TLA Salad? You better believe it isn’t Fibre Channel is a resilient technology. No, no, I don’t mean in the sense that you’re thinking. Sure, it is resilient in that sense too. However, I’m talking about resiliency with regards to resisting the attacks from alternative technologies that position themselves as ‘Fibre Channel killers’. Truth is, Fibre Channel has been declared ‘dead’ by proponents of such technologies several times since its birth in the ’90s, and it’s not like Fibre Channel is that old. It first happened circa 2002, and the technology in question ...
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NetApp Insight 2019 It is time for Insight next week, a key event in sharing experiences, knowledge and ideas with customers and peers on the latest in IT technology. In the Brocade booth, we are looking forward to showcase the latest additions to the Brocade© SAN portfolio and demonstrate how Brocade is enabling customers to realize their digital transformation entering the age of the digital economy. Let me give you a snapshot of the demonstrations to see in booth #312. SANnav Management Portal & Global View SANnav is Brocades next generation management platform designed to empower IT administrators to be more efficient and productive ...
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You’re paying a premium for flash; you want to get the full performance out of it. So why are you running it on legacy infrastructure that limits its performance? Technology all around us is evolving at an incredible rate. How do we possibly keep up? Remember when the first smartphone came out with only 16 GB and a 2-megapixel camera? They were built with little storage because who would need more storage when you just used it for internet, texting and phone calls. But innovation has demanded more and more from smartphones. We are constantly wanting more storage, memory and even a better camera to take advantage of the never-ending apps, games, streaming, incredible ...
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HPE Discover 2019 by AJ Casamento, 06/3/2019 The month of June marks the beginning of Summer, bringing with it the beautiful weather, the possibility of a Summer vacation (if, as my Grandmother used to say, “The good Lord willing and the creek doesn’t rise”), and for the last umpteen years, it means I make get to make another trip to Las Vegas for HPE Discover. And, as you all know, nothing beats Las Vegas in June with the possible exception of Las Vegas in July. As many of you know my employer of 21 years, Brocade, is now fully-integrated into Broadcom Inc. company. Brocade has been the supplier of the B-series Fibre Channel switch products ...
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DELL EMC is calling its CloudIQ product the “fitness tracker” for Dell EMC storage. It provides a simple display to monitor and track the health of users’ storage environments. In a recent video , Dell EMC said data is the life of your business and storage is the heart. This is a great example when you are monitoring the overall performance of your business like a professional athlete. In sports, a similar analogy exists in sports science , the study of how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sport and physical activity promote health – physically, mentally and socially. When applying sports science to professional athletes, it’s about ...
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It is time for DTW19 an exciting week, sharing experiences, knowledge and ideas with customers/peers on the latest in IT technology. In the Brocade booth we are looking forward to show case new additions to the Brocade© SAN portfolio and demonstrate how Brocade are enabling customers to realize their digital transformation entering the age of the digital economy. Let me give you snapshot of the demonstrations to see in the booth. SANnav Management Portal & Global View SANnav is Brocades next generation management platform designed to empower IT administrators to be more efficient and productive by providing comprehensive visibility into ...
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Survey Says…….we’re not there yet. In October, 2018, in conjunction with Broadcom’s first Mission to Modernize Federal Summit, the Government Business Council completed a survey on modernization with 145 federal employees, and found some interesting results. While the majority of respondents (52%) believed their agency was on the road to modernization, a significant number (43%) lack confidence that their organization’s data storage infrastructure can manage the rising volume of data. Data is a critical asset for government agencies. As data grows in both volume and importance, how do agency staff balance the need for instantaneous yet secure access to ...
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One of the things that I routinely talk to customers about is the dichotomy of life in the current state of IT. It starts with the summation: “The very cool thing going on is that the rate of change in IT has never been faster than it is today. The very scary thing going on is that the rate of change in IT has never been faster than it is today!” Blog link to source: https://streamsets.com/blog/data-motion-evolution/ This is actually a bigger issue than many people realize at first. And it has multiple components to it. The technologies themselves are changing at a pace that we have never seen before (cycle times for CPU design are shorter ...
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How Flash and NVMe changes latency for shared storage is a subset from the FCIA Webcast on Nov 1st. There are many elements involved in networked storage latency The primary change in latency for shared storage is two-fold Flash is an orders of magnitude faster performing media The NVMe protocol is designed to take advantage of flash storage media with properties that are more like memory than rotational or mechanical media of the past. This means that where storage arrays historically have improved storage latency and performance, providing storage services, data protection, encryption and dedupe without adding any noticeable ...
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According to a GAO study*, Federal agencies spend four times more taxpayer dollars maintaining outdated IT systems than they spend on investing in new technologies. The White House has made it clear that modernizing the government’s IT infrastructure across federal and defense agencies is critical for both the security of the nation and the streamlining of government operations. With the signing of the Modernizing Government Technology Act in December, there’s a renewed emphasis on transforming government IT infrastructures. As I discuss this with systems administrators and architects, they often ask the same questions: How should our agency store ...
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What's NEXT for your data? We are excited to showcase the Brocade© SAN portfolio at Hitachi NEXT 2018. Instrumented with automation tools based on RESTful API support on the switches, the Brocade© SAN portfolio now include a new enterprise switch Brocade G630 and port blade FC32-64 ; delivering the highest density Gen6 switch and blade in the market both with built in analytics for NVMe. Learn more about the latest innovations from Brocade Automation Today, zoning is automated through Hitachi Automation Director, and we take you through how you can extend automation of daily repetitive tasks such as inventory, monitoring and provisioning ...
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Guest blog by Rajiev Rajavasireddy - Vice President, Product Management & Solutions at Pure Storage 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 great deal of time talking about the pluses and minuses of specific technologies, or where to best use a specific technology, ad infinitum . But, ultimately, on the vendor side, we exist really for only 'one thing': to help our customers focus on their core business, which is their ‘one thing.’ For us to do our ‘one thing’ ...
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We are very excited to showcase the Brocade© SAN portfolio, now with the latest release (April 7 th ) instrumented with automation tools based on RESTful API support on the switches. This release also included a new switch Brocade G630 and port blade FC32-64 ; delivering the highest density Gen6 switch and blade in the market, both come with built in analytics for NVMe and with the blade new connectivity options for UCS . Let me describe the demos we are show casing in more detail Automation We take you through how you can get started with automating daily repetitive tasks such as inventory, monitoring and provisioning of your SAN. Based ...
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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 or a mistyped character and you had to hang up and start over. If you typed in “+++” too quickly, you ran the risk of hanging up halfway through your session, and since you paid by the hour for both long distance and service time, it added up. Long distance charges from Wheeling, WV to Columbus, OH were not cheap. Then came Send/Expect scripting. It was fantastic! ...
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