PRO+ Premium Content/Storage magazine

Thank you for joining!
Access your Pro+ Content below.
Vol. 2 No. 9 November 2003

A New Way to Balance Performance

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 ...

Access this PRO+ Content for Free!

By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.

You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy.

Features in this issue

  • Defragmenting Disks Falls by the Wayside

    The deal on disk fragmenting

  • Too many SAN islands

    by  Jeff Moad

    One of the main challenges to growing SANs is the proliferation of independent SAN islands. We look at how and why a multinational financial services company consolidated many islands into larger ones, but stopped short of a single, unified SAN.

  • Sane strategies for SAN growth

    What's the right way to design storage networks for growth? There's no simple answer to that question, but understanding the implications of storage- or network-centric approaches will help you make the right choices.

  • New directions for switches

    With all of the recent acquisitions and new partnerships forming this year, finding the right Fibre Channel switch for you is even more confusing. This article will help you chose the right one.

Columns in this issue