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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.

Don’t let your flash run out of gas because of legacy FC infrastructure

By Gil Chacon, HP StoreFabric, Storage Networking team lead, HP Storage


Ferrari.jpgWould you prefer to drive a Ferrari on a bumpy country road with its lack of maneuverability, potential obstacles and narrow lanes? Or would you prefer to drive that Ferrari on the Autobahn, where the lanes are wider and you have the potential to unleash the Ferrari’s true performance capabilities?


Thinking along a similar path: Your IT department has invested in a high-performance, fine-tuned HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 all-flash array because your business runs OLTP application workloads that demand high IOPS (hundreds of thousands) at latencies below a millisecond. But the SAN infrastructure that the all-flash HP 3PAR array is connected to primarily consists of 8Gb/s FC and some legacy 4Gb/s FC. You have plenty of server and storage performance. However, the bottleneck in your flash deployment has shifted to your bumpy “country road.” So it’s time to ask: Is there a way to boost Fibre Channel (FC) performance so that your SAN does not become the bottleneck for your flash deployment? Is it possible to turn a country road into an Autobahn without tearing it up and relocating it to Bavaria?


Speaking of flash...

We invite you to join our first #AllFlash CrowdChat: A Real Conversation on Flash

Tier-1 Requirements and Mainstreaming of All-Flash

Host: Chris Evans @chrismevans

When: Thursday, May 28 8:00 am PDT


Banking on the power of converged storage and networking

Emulex CU blog post.pngDoes this scenario sound at all familiar? Your execs need analytic reports to be available first thing in the morning but as your SANs reach performance limits, delays interupt timely delivery. Meanwhile, your IT team is spending up to seven hours per week managing cluster performance issues.

So what happens when a federal credit union faced IT workload challenges like these? 

In this case, the credit union chose an infrastructure solution deploying HP StoreFabric 16Gb Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), HP Converged Network Adapters and HP ProLiant DL380 Servers.

As a result, one of the (now much happier) network engineers for the credit union can now say, “By deploying HP StoreFabric and HP ProLiant servers for high performance connectivity to LANs and SANs, we reduced report generation time from eight hours to two hours per night.”

The time is right for 16Gb with StoreFabric and 3PAR all-flash

Merry Christmas everyone!  It's still Thursday in Boise and so I'm not too late for a 3PARthursday blog post.  I had told the team that normally does our Thursday 3PAR posts that I'd give them Christmas off and do the post. However, I kind of forgot to get it done until now, late on Christmas night. I'll keep the post short and let the ChalkTalk I have for you do the talking!


One of the news bits you may have missed in the flurry of news at HP Discover at the beginning of the month was that HP 3PAR StoreServ now has native support for 16Gb Fibre Channel.  I think 16Gb FC is most interesting for all-flash. And with our HP StoreFabric Gen 5 B-series of storage networking, I think the time to consider upgrading legacy SANs to 16Gb. 


I said I'd keep this short and I will so here's the ChalkTalk I have talkig about StoreFabric B-series Gen 5 for all-flash. 

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  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.

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