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Published: 17 Oct 2012

Pierre Baudet likes to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of his hardware. As business systems manager for New Balance Athletic Shoes Inc., Boston, MA, he oversees a fairly conventional environment consisting of 100 or so servers attached to his Hewlett Packard XP128 SAN array. But when it came to a switching platform, he wasn't happy with the typical storage networking switches options. With them, no matter how finely he tuned his servers and storage arrays, it would basically have been first-come, first-served for packets going through his Fibre Channel switch. Like anyone who has more inbound ports than outbound ports, he wouldn't have been able to guarantee that critical apps would get the bandwidth that they needed, or conversely, that they wouldn't swamp everything else within the switch. Baudet, who has a data networking and telecom background, opted for a new kind of storage switch developed by Sandial Systems Inc., Nashua, NH. Called the Storage Control Engine, the switch has a time division multiplexing core that provides a measure of ... Access >>>

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