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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. 



Spotlight on 16Gb from Emulex

Last week while I was having a great time at Margaritaville with the VMware community, Janice had a blog post talking about the new 16Gb FC HBA's that were announced.  I wanted to highlight Janice's posts (which includes links to some other great resources) today. 


Don't blink now - HP just went racing by with 16Gb FC HBA's


Posted February 13th on blog by Janice Owens


HP is off to the races and if you blink, you just might miss their latest product offering for HP ProLiant DL and SL G7 servers. Now shipping the world’s fastest 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapter (HBA), in both single- and dual-channel modes, HP leads with 1 million I/O Operations per Second (IOPS) on a single channel!


Read on at Janice's blog at

Stackable Fibre Channel Switches - the SN6000

Today on my blog I have a Power Podcast talking about the SN6000 Stackable Switch with the product manager Dan Watt. 


Storage Technology "Throwdown" session

Four industry experts talked about the pros and cons of Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI vs. FCoE in a Storage Technology Throwdown at Nth Generation Symposium. Jim Russ from Nth moderated the session with Chet Jacobs (HP), Karen Fay (Brocade), and Richard Tengdin (Nth).

Make the smart virtualization choice. Sometimes it’s FCoE. Sometimes it’s not.

Today, Cisco and NetApp revealed a more expensive way to deliver 10Gb IP-based virtual server environment. This article discusses what HP is doing to help customers roll out converged networks and help simplify deploying virtual servers and storage.
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