FibreChannel - Infoworld en Review: Riverbed brings branch office storage back to the data center <p>Usually when someone talks about "collapsing" something, images of toppling towers, imploding buildings, tumbling bridges, and other destruction come to mind. But when IT organizations are able to collapse server and storage resources back to the data center by removing hardware and admin chores from remote offices, that's a good thing.</p> Data Center Networking Storage FibreChannel iSCSI Network Storage Wide Area Networking Data Center Networking Storage IDG Insider Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 238461 at Intel's 800Gbps optical cable could be copper's death knell <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Intel's 800Gbps optical cable could be copper's death knell" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>For years now, pundits and industry figures alike have been predicting the demise of copper as an interconnection technology in the data center. Data Center Enterprise Architecture Intel Data Center Design FibreChannel Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:55:21 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 238177 at Your fateful decision: NFS or iSCSI? <p>Over the last several weeks, I've delved into forgotten aspects of <a href="">building an IP storage network</a> and how to best leverage it with both <a href="">NFS</a> and <a href="">iSCSI</a> -- the two dominant IP storage protocols used in virtualization.</p> Data Explosion Storage FibreChannel iSCSI Network-attached Storage Storage Area Network Networking Storage Virtualization IDG Insider Tue, 29 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 193991 at Avoid disaster with stretched clusters <p>Because <a href="">virtualization</a> offers so much cost savings and agility, many organizations are going the whole hog and virtualizing mission-critical systems they wouldn't have dreamed of virtualizing a little while ago. Who would have thought, for example, that we'd see enterprises deploy Oracle virtually rather than on physical hardware?</p> Data Center Data Explosion Networking Storage Virtualization Backup and Recovery Disaster Recovery Server Virtualization Storage Virtualization FibreChannel Storage Area Network Wide Area Networking Storage Virtualization IDG Insider Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 191416 at Wall Street Journal: Brocade may be on the block again <p>If at first you don't succeed ...</p> <p>Brocade is reportedly shopping itself around again, two years after <a href="" target="_blank">failing to find a buyer the first time</a>. According to <a href="" target="_blank">the Wall Street Journal</a>, citing "people familiar with the matter," Brocade rehired investment bank Qatalyst Partners to stoke interest in the company again.</p> Data Center The Industry Standard FibreChannel M&A Network Switch Storage Area Network Data Center Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:18:16 +0000 admin 177450 at The good and bad of multiprotocol storage <p>Not long ago, most primary storage platforms were likely to support only a single storage protocol, generally either <a href="">iSCSI or Fibre Channel</a>. But now the increasing popularity of deduplication, wide availability of 10Gbps Ethernet, and lure of low-latency network convergence made possible by Fibre Channel over Ethernet have given the industry potent motivation to offer as much choice as it can.</p> Data Explosion Storage Data Deduplication FibreChannel iSCSI Network Convergence Network-attached Storage Storage Area Network Storage Fabric Storage Management Storage IDG Insider Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 170348 at iSCSI learns new tricks <p>Many people still believe iSCSI can't cut it in the enterprise, which is better served by Fibre Channel. iSCSI vendors are doing their best to prove that assumption wrong.</p> <p>Ever since 10Gbps Ethernet arrived, iSCSI has competed in the numbers game -- especially when stacked against 8Gbps Fibre Channel. But raw throughput isn't everything. To win the debate, Fibre Channel partisans simply look down their noses and observe that no Ethernet-based storage protocol, iSCSI included, can compete with FC's inherent performance advantages.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Storage FibreChannel iSCSI Network Convergence Network Switch Storage Area Network Storage Fabric Data Center Storage IDG Insider Mon, 01 Aug 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 168429 at Blade servers and convergence pick up steam <p>Last week, IDC released the latest version of its Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. Above the fold, you'll find news that the <a href="">server market is continuing to heat up</a> in a very big way. For the first time in more than two years, all sectors of the server market have posted year-over-year growth in the same quarter (Q1 2011), representing aggregate growth of 12.1 percent to $11.9 billion.</p> Computer Hardware Data Explosion Networking Storage Blade Servers FibreChannel iSCSI Network Convergence Storage Area Network Servers IDG Insider Tue, 31 May 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 162414 at VMware vSphere storage performance tuning <p>If you're like most people, you may think that spending time tuning your storage infrastructure is a luxury you can't afford. In fact, it teaches you a great deal about what makes your storage tick. That knowledge can be invaluable when you plan for additions to your storage infrastructure -- or get in a fight with a vendor over whether an application or your storage is to blame for poor performance.</p> Data Explosion Server Virtualization FibreChannel iSCSI Storage Area Network Storage Virtualization IDG Insider Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 158802 at Intel gives away FCoE to simplify data centers <p>Intel has eased the migration to a single network infrastructure throughout data centers by introducing Open FCoE, a free software stack for Fibre Channel Over Ethernet.</p> Networking Storage Intel FibreChannel Computer Hardware Networking Storage Thu, 27 Jan 2011 23:31:22 +0000 admin 149706 at Brocade to release unified IP, Fibre Channel network management <p>Brocade has announced a new application aimed at managing storage-area networks (SAN) that use the Internet or Fibre Channel protocols through a single user interface.</p> <p>Brocade Network Advisor will offer network administrators the ability to configure, monitor, and report on all Brocade switch-enabled SANs, including those using Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), wireless networks, and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), according to Ajay Nilaver, Brocade's director of product management and marketing.</p> Networking Storage FibreChannel Network-attached Storage Network Monitoring Storage Management Wed, 15 Sep 2010 13:02:24 +0000 admin 137464 at Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI: The war continues <p>In the beginning there was Fibre Channel (FC), and it was good. If you wanted a true SAN -- versus shared direct-attached SCSI storage -- FC is what you got. But FC was terribly expensive, requiring dedicated switches and host bus adapters, and it was difficult to support in geographically distributed environments. Then, around six or seven years ago, iSCSI hit the SMB market in a big way and slowly began its climb into the enterprise.</p> Data Explosion Storage FibreChannel Hard Drives iSCSI Storage Area Network Storage Fabric Storage Management Storage Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:51:43 +0000 Matt Prigge 129806 at Brocade increases backbone switch Fibre Channel ports, doubles throughput <p>Brocade Communications Systems today announced that it has increased the port count on the blades used in its Fibre Channel backbone switch by 33 percent and doubled the throughput on those ports from 4Gbps to 8Gbps.</p> <p>The storage networking vendor said it has increased the number of ports per blade for its <a href="" target="_blank">flagship DCX backbone switch</a> and its midsize DCX-4S backbone switch.</p> Networking Storage FibreChannel Network Router Storage Tue, 01 Jun 2010 13:28:03 +0000 admin 125644 at NetApp goes native with Fibre Channel over Ethernet <p>NetApp Inc. today announced it will be using QLogic's <a href="" target="_blank">CNA (converged network adapter)</a> , in its storage arrays and virtualization appliances in order to offer customers a native Fibre Channel over Ethernet capability.</p> <p>"With the CNA, inflow and outflow of data would increase to a single 10Gbit/sec. Ethernet high speed data pipe," said Steve Zivanic, a QLogic spokesman.</p> Data Explosion Storage FibreChannel Network-attached Storage Storage Virtualization Accuracy/Effectiveness Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:41:03 +0000 admin 87257 at Virtualization to drive adoption of Fibre Channel over Ethernet <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Fibre Channel over Ethernet</a> storage protocol may enhance virtualization projects by ensuring greater mobility of virtual machines, and is in the plans of more than a quarter of Fortune 1000 companies, according to new research from <a href="" target="_blank">TheInfoPro</a> IT consulting firm.</p> Data Explosion Storage Virtualization FibreChannel Storage Management Computer Hardware Storage Virtualization Accuracy/Effectiveness Tue, 21 Jul 2009 21:36:01 +0000 admin 84163 at Emulex combines FCoE, iSCSI, IP networking into one chip <div class="rxbodyfield"><p page="1" class="ArticleBody"><a target="_blank" href="">Emulex</a> is developing a new converged network adapter that is optimized for virtualized infrastructures and maximizes blade consolidation while supporting several IP and storage networking protocols all within a single chip.</p></div> Networking FibreChannel iSCSI Network Router Computer Hardware Networking Fri, 20 Feb 2009 21:01:40 +0000 admin 2785 at Fans and skeptics argue on Fibre Channel over Ethernet <div class="rxbodyfield"><p page="1" class="ArticleBody">This year&#39;s Storage Networking World Europe show focused attention on Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). However, while SAN vendors promoted FCoE as a way to extend Fibre Channel&#39;s reach and longevity, skeptics described it as unnecessary -- and perhaps even a Cisco-powered Trojan horse intended to wipe out rival networking supplier Brocade Communications.</p></div> Data Explosion Storage FibreChannel Network Router Computer Hardware Networking Storage Accuracy/Effectiveness Thu, 30 Oct 2008 14:41:04 +0000 admin 39676 at EMC to support emerging FCoE technology <div class="rxbodyfield"><p page="1" class="ArticleBody">EMC said Monday it will support a line of Emulex network adapters that use Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), giving a big-name boost to an emerging technology that could become the common transport across an entire datacenter.</p></div> Data Explosion Storage FibreChannel Networking Storage Accuracy/Effectiveness Tue, 14 Oct 2008 13:35:04 +0000 admin 38506 at VMotion and FCoE: A match made in admin heaven <p page="1" class="ArticleBody">In a recent review, I wrote about consolidating FC and Ethernet networks using <b><a href="" target="_blank">FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) and Cisco's new Nexus 5000 switch</a></b>. As the review showed, the solution merges the two transport protocols easily, allowing FC frames to navigate through a 10 Gig Ethernet connection without giving up features or performance.</p> Data Explosion Storage FibreChannel Storage Accuracy/Effectiveness Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:00:00 +0000 admin 63994 at Vendors hype new Fibre Channel over Ethernet tech <div class="rxbodyfield"><p page="1" class="ArticleBody"><a href="">Storage</a> vendors hyped up-and-coming <a href="">Fibre Channel over Ethernet</a> technologies at the <a href="">Storage Networking World</a> trade show this week, revealing a glimpse at products that will start flooding the market in a year or two.</p></div> Computer Hardware FibreChannel Network Router Computer Hardware Networking Fri, 11 Apr 2008 18:57:27 +0000 admin 34307 at