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Introducing ATSB ShortTake: Converged Transceiver

ATSB ShortTake 1.pngJust over a year ago, I introduced our HP Storage ChalkTalks - you can click on the link to see all the blog posts I have that include a ChalkTalk or you can find them all on my YouTube playlist at hpstorage.me/HPChalkTalks.  Now it's time for another new format - something I'm calling Around the Storage Block ShortTake. 

 

What is an ATSB ShortTake?

I'm asking our experts in HP Storage to record themselves presenting on a topic - could be a product, solution, or program - with a goal of keeping them at 5 minutes.  I'll have the audio as a podcast and you can get the slides on our HP B2B SlideShare account. 

 

First ever ShortTake

The first ever ShortTake is a brand new product - a new transceiver.  Normally, a transceiver isn't very exciting but today we're introducing the first converged SAN and LAN transceiver, the HP StoreFabric 16Gb FC/10GbE Converged SFP+.  Instead of telling you all about it here, I'll let you listen to the ShortTake and check out the slides. 

 

Go to the full blog post to see the slides and listen or download the audio.

Storage product of the year finalist

POYlogos2013_Storage_Finalist_145.jpgI recently told you about HP 3PAR StoreServ winning technology of the year via InfoWorld.  Storage Magazine, another publication, is doing their Product of the Year awards.  There are a couple of products that I wanted to point out that are finalists and since I have ChalkTalks on them, thought it would be a great opportunity to mention them here.

 

Today's blog post highlights two of those finalists: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 and Brocade Fabric Vision technology.  I have ChalkTalks on both of these so check out the full blog post. 

Gen 5 Fibre Channel and the all flash 3PAR StoreServ

With the performance increases you can realize with the all-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450, I thought a ChalkTalk focusing on the storage network would be useful.  In the ChalkTalk, I focus on the HP StoreFabric B-Series.  There are a few key benefits that you can drive with Gen 5 Fibre Channel - and in case you aren't aware of what I mean by Gen 5, that's 16Gb/sec.  Those benefits are:

  • Increase application performance: Obviously with more bandwidth on the network, you can virtually eliminate the network as a bottleneck.
  • Workload scalability: you can deploy more physical servers and increase your VM density to ensure applications get the resources they need.
  • Increased availability: is a solution that dramatically simplifies Fibre Channel (FC) SAN administration.

Check out Fabric Vision technology and my ChalkTalk

StoreFabric is the family name for our storage networking infrastructure  - names you may know like the H-series, C-series and today's topic, the B-series. 

 

Fabric Vision technology is a solution that dramatically simplifies Fibre Channel (FC) SAN administration. Fabric Vision technology is a hardware and software solution that helps IT organizations accelerate new SAN deployments, optimize resources and dramatically reduce operational costs.

 

Here's a ChalkTalk that gives an overview of Fabric Vision.

To use 16Gbps Fibre Channel or not - that is the question

Yesterday my colleague Rohan Viegas told you about the new 16Gb Fibre Channel SAN Switch for the BladeSystem.  Today I have what I think is a great follow-up to his blog post. 

 

The question of when do I upgrade my storage network or more fundamentally should I move to the latest generation is often asked.  I was fortunate to get some time with Dennis Martin.  Dennis is the founder and President of Demartek. 

 

Demartek looked into the question of 16Gbps Fibre Channel compared to 8Gbps.  In the podcast with Dennis, he shares the results of the testing he did -and its real-world testing using an SQL database, not just running IOmeter or some synthetic workload. 

 

 

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