Storage Networks

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

by mdetrick on ‎05-10-2017 07:00 AM (1,404 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 (1,488 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 (3,780 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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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 (4,173 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 (700 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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The Best Treasures in Connectrix B-Series

by AJ Casamento on ‎04-18-2017 08:57 AM (3,735 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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Brocade VM Insight Eliminates the Guessing Game

by Marc Angelinovich on ‎03-28-2017 05:00 AM (6,051 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 (5,405 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 (12,023 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 (5,289 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. 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.

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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.

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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!

 

Summary

 

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.

 

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Read “The Future of Storage Protocols paper for Gartner’s view on the most common storage networking protocols and their role in digital transformation.

 

 

Find out more at: http://www.brocade.com/en/possibilities/technology/storage-fabrics-technology.html

 

 

 

 

 

1  Emulex/Broadcom TPC-H benchmark Testing: See http://www.brocade.com/en/backend-content/pdf-page.html?/content/dam/common/documents/content-types/industry-report/demartek-emulex-gen6-fibre-channel-hba-evaluation-ir.pdf

2  Gartner “The Future of Storage Protocols”, Valdis Filks, Stanley Zaffos, 29 June 2016.

 

GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Gartner’s verdict on the future of storage protocols

by phansen ‎11-28-2016 09:00 AM - edited ‎11-28-2016 09:41 AM (7,253 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 (2,815 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 (2,360 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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Welcome to the New Era -- The Era of Gen 6

by Celeste Crystal on ‎09-26-2016 10:29 AM (3,266 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 (2,246 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 (1,926 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 (2,184 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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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.

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Partners In Mission Critical Enterprise Storage: Brocade Gen 6 And Infinidat

by ene ‎08-22-2016 03:06 PM - edited ‎08-22-2016 08:18 PM (1,488 Views)

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

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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.

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How do we ensure the network can support us now, and be ready to support us in the future, when we are not absolutely certain what that future looks like?

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Flash Forward with Gen 6 Fibre Channel

by Scott Shimomura ‎07-19-2016 02:00 AM - edited ‎07-19-2016 12:50 PM (10,175 Views)

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Digital transformation is driving new requirements for modern infrastructure and the evolving datacenter workloads require more performance than ever. Cloud, analytics, and automation technology are powering workloads that continue to drive data growth. Social platforms, big data, and mobility contribute to the doubling of stored data every 2-3 years. Your storage infrastructure has to evolve to keep up with the changes or your competitors will pass you.

 

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Fibre Channel: Secure by Design

by Scott Shimomura ‎04-29-2016 11:41 AM - edited ‎04-29-2016 11:42 AM (4,028 Views)

While you can’t prevent cybercrime, you can dodge the bulk of its bullets for data in a Fibre Channel storage network. 

 

 Cost of Data Center Downtime is $474,000 per hour

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Fibre Channel: Seamlessly Moves Magnitudes of Data

by Scott Shimomura ‎04-22-2016 03:07 PM - edited ‎04-22-2016 03:07 PM (3,884 Views)

Having trouble imagining what anyone could do with the ability to move three quadrillion bits of data each second?

 

 Fibre Channel is the most scalable

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Attending EMC World? Listen in on Brocade’s Holy Grail Adventure!

by Marc Angelinovich ‎04-19-2016 10:45 AM - edited ‎04-19-2016 10:46 AM (4,454 Views)

Everyone knows deploying flash will help meet the demands of growing data caused by workload density from server virtualization. But will flash alone be the Holy Grail of technology?

 

Indiana Jones Holy Grail

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Fibre Channel: The Ultimate in Reliability

by Scott Shimomura on ‎04-15-2016 02:13 PM (4,735 Views)

Rising service level agreement (SLA) requirements and expectations are a fundamental driver of storage network technology. That’s no surprise when you look at the numbers...

 

99.9999% Uptime

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Increase Flash Storage Value with Fibre Channel

by Scott Shimomura ‎04-05-2016 06:08 AM - edited ‎04-05-2016 06:09 AM (6,612 Views)

Fibre Channel networks deliver the consistently high performance needed to move workloads at any scale, at flash-leveraging speeds. Imagine moving the entire digital Library of Congress in seven seconds...

Fibre Channel can move 15 years of HD video in 10 min

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Fibre Channel is the storage network of choice for these heavy-hitters of the enterprise world, for good reason. Actually, for many goods reasons. These four top the list...

 

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The exploding number of virtualized applications and increasing use of All Flash Arrays (AFAs) have catapulted storage networking requirements to new heights. Storage administrators now need a foundational business architecture that can support the massive data demands of virtualized applications and stunningly high storage media performance, while providing the visibility and insights needed to manage the entire storage infrastructure as a cohesive resource.

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