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Advancements in Gen5 Fibre Channel - more than speed

I attended Nth Symposium at the beginning of the month - it's a great event because our partner Nth Generation focuses the event (and really what they do every day) on education. I'm hoping to share more from the event but today I have a video that I did with a couple of other HP OEM partners, Brocade and QLogic. 


We've had many articles on ATSB talking about the performance benefits of Gen5 Fibre Channel (16 Gbps). That extra bandwidth is key for all-flash as you can have lower latencies with a faster, bigger pipe. But between Brocade and QLogic, they've built some instrumentation into Gen5 that will give you more insight into your storage - from the VM into the storage. Dare I use a buzzword, but really an end-to-end view. And there are also built in QoS features that you'll be able to take advantage of. 


The video is an interesting discussion on these topics. I think the experience between the three of us in this video (AJ Casamento from Brocade and Todd Owens of QLogic) is over 100 years. Dang, I guess we should all be nearing retirement!  Here's the video.

Catching up on Fibre Channel with HP and Brocade

One of the conversations I had at the recent Nth Symposium was with AJ Casamento from Brocade.  HP and Brocade have partnered in storage networking for a long time – probably about as long as AJ and I have worked in the industry! 


Here’s a summary of what AJ and I discussed:

  • Looking deeper into the storage network stack with Fabric Vision
  • 16Gb Fibre Channel – ideal for low latency and all-flash
  • Optical infrastructure with Clearlink
  • When is the right time to look at Gen5 16Gb FC?

Here’s the video with AJ – definitely an interesting discussion on the topic of storage networking.

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. 

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.

HP B-Series storage network overview

I tend to focus on our disk-based products (3PAR, LeftHand, EVA, StoreOnce, etc) with a sprinkling of tape now and then - so thought it was high time to talk about the HP B-Series switches and directors.  Check out the podcast I did with AJ Casamento from Brocade.

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