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HP B-Series storage network overview

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPG By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy

I tend to focus on our disk-based products with a sprinkling of tape now and then - so thought it was high time to talk about the HP B-Series switches and directors.  To help me do that, I talked with AJ Casamento from Brocade.  As you might guess, "B-Series" means they are products we OEM from Brocade.  


So without further ado, here's the podcast with AJ:



You can also download this podcast by right-clicking here and saving the file OR you can download all of my podcasts from iTunes by clicking here - it will open iTunes and allow you to download all of my recent podcasts.  If you have any issues with this second link, paste this into your browser: itpc://   "itpc" is a special format that opens iTunes and lets you download the podcasts from iTunes. 


A couple of places where you can learn more:

  • You can learn more about the B-Series products on it's family page
  • If you want to check out all of our storage networking products, go to
  • If you really want to go deep, check out the HP SAN Design Reference Guide (note this is a big file at nearly 10 MB but a great technical resource)

I'm headed out to Las Vegas early next week with my son for the Las Vegas Bowl (if you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a hardcore Boise State fan) and probably won't post anything until after Christmas; so let me take a moment to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Michael Smith | ‎12-17-2011 12:33 AM

Merry Christmas! Thanks for another great post. I just finished the Designing HP StorageWorks Solutions classes. So this podcast is something I look forward to listening to.

nate | ‎12-17-2011 01:29 PM

Hope you cover the qlogic end as well! I know brocade is bigger and more scalable with their directors and stuff but qlogic is *soo* much easier to manage for me. So I opt to use it in my environments(and I don't even stack them - yet at least I'm not a big fan of stacking).


If B-series stands for brocade, the HP OEM H-series comes from Qlogic, what does H mean there?


Also note that a lot of the new converged stuff in the HP blades comes from qlogic technology too!




Guldmyr | ‎12-19-2011 11:34 AM

Great stuff! More networking please Smiley Happy


What was the first Brocade Product that came with HP?

| ‎12-19-2011 03:46 PM

Thanks for the feedback all - glad to see what we've done is of interest to you. 

Nate - I have a couple of blogs talking about the SN6000, which is from our H-Series so I'm certainly shown that product love.  You can find them with this link.  Also, H-Series means it's an HP solution.  It's a mix of products developed with Q-Logic and HP. 

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