Fibre channel News
July 22, 2016
The pieces are starting to fall into place for even higher performing flash storage with lower latency through the use of Nonvolatile Memory Express (NVMe) over Fibre Channel (FC). Broadcom (part ...
July 19, 2016
Brocade ships new 32 Gbps Gen 6 Fibre Channel directors and extension blades targeting faster flash storage systems, and it adds new IO and VM Insight monitoring capabilities.
April 14, 2016
Zadara Storage's Virtual Private Storage Arrays that run in the cloud now support object storage and large flash cache for performance with the launch of Intelligent Object Store.
March 02, 2016
A new G620 Brocade switch and 32 Gbps host bus adapters from QLogic and Broadcom Emulex signal general availability of Gen 6 Fibre Channel storage networking gear.
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Before the virtual storage area network, there were Fibre Channel storage area networks and iSCSI. And, now it seems that an object storage system will better fit the bill. Continue Reading
Before you buy, check out this comparison of leading data center-class switches to understand the different features and capabilities. Continue Reading
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Historically, Fibre Channel technology has been a top choice for enterprises in need of a high-speed interconnect for SANs. With the introduction of iSCSI storage, however, the landscape shifted. Ethernet networking gained acceptance for block storage and became popular for file, and later cloud-based, object storage. It costs less, requires no dedicated switching and special training, and offers adequate performance for most business applications. But don't sound the death knell for Fibre Channel technology; market research indicates widespread use and a slow decline.
Most storage vendors today offer object-based storage, and interest in these systems is high. Object storage offers massive scalability, potentially better data management with extended metadata, cloud storage integration via support for RESTful APIs and lower overall storage costs. The trick, of course, is integrating object and all of its capabilities into environments still dominated by SAN, NAS, and applications that continue to expect file or block storage interfaces. But, it's being done.
Big data, Hadoop, MapReduce, data warehousing, business intelligence… All of these analytics applications place new demands on storage systems and often require new or modified storage structures. The special requirements of these analytics-on-a-massive-scale apps, and how to effectively manage their supporting storage infrastructures, are detailed in this issue of Storage magazine.Continue Reading
VSphere VVOLs allow virtual administrators to self-provision a pool of storage as they see fit. Continue Reading
Remote Direct Memory Access is a good way to reduce latency in flash environments and works with InfiniBand and some Ethernet connections. Continue Reading
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Integrating existing hardware into a hyper-converged cluster is important for migration, but adding outside storage hardware can introduce unwanted complexity. Continue Reading
While organizations create high-definition video for a variety of uses, they turn to today's storage systems to house and protect it. Continue Reading
You won't use Hyper-V's virtual Fibre Channel feature for every VM, but it can help you virtualize more storage-demanding workloads. Continue Reading