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Modernize Your Network for EMC Unity Storage

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...


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Attending EMC World? Why Duct Tape Doesn't Fix IP Storage Limitations

Over the last couple years, IT organizations have been under increased pressure to do more immediately but with less money. The majority of today’s enterprises are struggling to manage the growth in emerging business-critical workloads. Without the ability to design a purpose-built architecture...


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Avoid Outages and Re-syncs with Extension Trunking

In storage environments, reliable and resilient networks — to the point of no frame loss and in-order frame delivery — is necessary for error-free operation, high performance, and operational ease. This improves availability, reduces operating expenses and, most of all reduces the risk of data...


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Optimize Bandwidth Utilization and Maintain Full WAN Performance

Today’s organizations depend on fast, reliable access to data wherever and whenever needed, regardless of location. The ramifications and potential business impact of an unreliable disaster recovery and data protection infrastructure are greater than ever. The Brocade 7840 Extension Switch ...


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Sharing Isn’t Always a Good Thing

For many of us, preschool and kindergarten were all about learning how to share. But in the IT world, sharing isn’t always a good thing. You need to carefully identify when and where it makes sense to share if you want to operate as efficiently as possible. Consider that just a few years ago...


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How to Drive High-Throughput Over Distance

The advanced performance and network optimization features of the Brocade 7840 Extension Switch enable replication and backup applications to send more data over metro and WAN links in less time, and optimize available WAN bandwidth. Supporting up to 250ms Round-Trip Time (RTT) latency, the...


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Never Disrupt Your Replication Again with Firmware Updates

Hot Code Load (HCL), also known as Non-Disruptive Firmware Upgrades, have been available for Fibre Channel platforms for a long time, but not for the extension platforms. With the recently announced Brocade 7840 Extension Switch , HCL is now available for extension switches. This feature is...


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Private Clouds Can Propel Your Business … if Your Network Doesn’t Hold You Back

Unexpected consequences. They’re everywhere in life. All the time, all over the world, someone is making a plan to solve a problem. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for most of us to envision the full impact or range of tradeoffs associated with that plan. For example, think about a family...


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Memo from the Future: Ensure Your Data Center is Ready for 2020 Demands

(Dateline: A major enterprise data center, in the year 2020) Running an enterprise storage network sure is a lot different than it used to be. Back in the old days (circa 2015) we were mainly concerned with our traditional data center, keeping the big iron storage up and running and ensuring...