Brocade Fibre Channel Networking Community Blog

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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The rise of digital transformation is changing everything around us. This ranges from traditional communication, to day-to-day activities, to interaction with others, and even the way we do business. Take music for example, we no longer carry around a portfolio of CDs for a road trip or buy a collection of CDs to hear a handful of our favorite songs. Mobile devices are revolutionizing how we consume music. But at the end of the day music is still music. The difference is the way we access and obtain music. Source: https://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_PP46858 We expect to access our music in the fastest and easiest way possible. With ...
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The Power of Automation Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/iage/201402/complexity-our-brain Enterprises rely heavily on their technology investments to gain a competitive edge, and more importantly, keep up with the demands from an always-on data center. Over the years, IT jobs have become more difficult because of the complexity from growing data assets, multiple management tools, increasing pressure to extract intelligence from the data, and overall volume of data they need to store and protect. In fact, according to ESG’s research, 68% of IT decision makers say that IT is more complex than it was just two years ago. Data ...
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A colleague recently pointed me to “ 11 Myths of RoCE .” Previously, RoCE’s version proliferation had put me in mind of a certain boxing movie hexology . But this article’s remarkable assertions brought to mind a more cultish classic, the Rocky Horror franchise , which is many things: a parody, a tribute, a stage musical and a movie, often with live performance art. Its characters are never quite what they seem. Not all the article’s 11 myths seem like myths (as in, “does anyone really think that?) but, in fairness, once upon a time debunking 5 or 7 myths was plenty. Now, thanks to another cult parody tribute, you must go up to 11 , spawning ...
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Is the whole industry being misled again, blinded by hype from big firms? .... 75% of all NVMe over Fabric adaptor units sold will be Ethernet-based in the next 2-3 years ... Really?!? Can you say FCoE déjà vu!? In an early morning session at the 2017 Flash Memory Summit (FMS) this Summer, a panel discussed the adaptor forecast for the emerging NVMe over Fabrics storage technology, which is primed to revolutionize the modern storage architecture over the next few years. The Market Research session panel members included G2M, IDC, Facebook and Cisco. All panel members were strong proponents of the NVMe over Ethernet Fabrics solutions (RoCEV2, iWARP, ...
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Are you ready to challenge the ordinary, modernize and build your data center for tomorrow? For VMworld 2017, Brocade has packed a booth full of experts and great demonstrations to inspire and learn on our joint path to pioneer the future. In our personal lives, we make it happen every day combining new technology when navigating commute traffic, monitor/track personal health through physical activity and sleep quality, the examples are countless how we adopt and shape our lives influenced by digital data. The expectation of ever smarter, faster, better digital experience from our personal lives challenge the ordinary, every customer I talk with ...
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With the NetApp/Broadcom/Brocade FC-NVMe demo at FMS and T11’s FC-NVMe face-to-face meeting both going down, last week was a busy week for NVMe and NVMe over Fibre Channel. We’ve all heard how NVMe is the fast, next-gen alternative to SCSI, whether direct- or fabric-attached, and last week was no different. I also heard (again) more than one speaker suggest that RDMA is part of all NVMe fabrics, though it’s not. Yes, RDMA has (like Fibre Channel) zero-copy efficiency, but NVMe-oF hype often hints that RDMA has special magic pixie dust for NVMe. Nope. In defining NVMe over Fibre Channel, the T11 chose to put NVMe directly on top of Fibre Channel (without ...
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