The Fibre Channel world is dying with nothing new or interesting in the pipe right. Well, not quite. While its definitely not the melting pot that is cloud and it doesn’t have software defined in it’s name, cool stuff is still happening – at least cool in my opinion – and Target Driven Zoning is one of those cool things currently being worked on…..
NOTE: Originally posted 19th August 2010 but temporarily removed. Obviously since I wrote this, HP have come along and trumped Dell in their bid for 3PAR…
Earlier this week Dell wrecked my day when they announced their intention to acquire 3PAR, the company that – in my personal opinion – has the best storage array architecture on the market.
Why did this wreck my day?
OK, so the blade and the blade enclosure are not about to disappear, but the shift towards the Rack as a unit of design and a unit of management suggests we may be about to witness the coronation of the Rack as the new King. Well.. kind of…
Ever heard of a Rack Area Network?
The term, as well as the concept, of Rack Area Networking is one I’m hearing more and more often. As a result of this, as well as the fact that I’m convinced this is going to be one of the most interesting and important areas of Data Center computing over the next few years, I’ve decided to write a mini-series on the topic.
This post is instalment number 1 and is intended to introduce the concept and get the ball rolling. The whole thing is a bit of me thinking out-loud and attempting to generate some awareness and conversation around the topic, as . So please pitch in!
Here are some tech related photos I took at the recent SNW Europe in Frankfurt Germany.
In my opinion the show was a real success with over 1,500 attendees, of which over 1,100 were end users and reseller delegates and the remainder made up of general riff-raff such as vendors, press and the likes….
One of the things I like to see at shows like these is hardware. What can I say, Im just the kind of guy that gets a kick out of seeing hardware. So for the rest of you out there like me – sit back and enjoy…….. Continue reading
The below video is something I shot yesterday while at Storage Networking Europe in Frankfurt Germany.
In the video, William Lloyd Scull Senior Network Architect at BLADE Network Technologies, demos a feature of the IBM BladeCenter Virtual Fabric (comprised of Emulex OneConnect UCNA, BLADE Network Technologies Blade Switches and IBM BladeCenter hardware).
In the video William dynamically reduces network bandwidth allocated to a vSwitch from 2500Mbps down to 1900Mbps, as well as talks us through some of the other features and some of the hardware involved in the Virtual Fabric solution. Continue reading
Today I attended the Emulex launch of their OnceConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) at SNW Europe, and I liked what I saw.
Most will know by now that Im all for converged Ethernet unified fabrics. Still, Im well aware that some of the vendor offerings are very “Generation 1” and have that version 1.0 feel to them. Todays launch from Emulex honestly didn’t have that feel to it. In fact it seems that the products shipping around CEE are getting more and more mature by the day. So let me take a few minutes to discuss some of the product highlights….. Continue reading
Wherever you look these days there’s no shortage of talk about FCoE. However, sometimes I think a little too much attention is given to FCoE and people sometimes overlook the underlying DCB/CEE Enhanced Ethernet – In my opinion, this where much of the real work and enabling is happening. So lets spend a couple of minutes talking about CEE…… Continue reading