Posts about Fibre Channel

Non-volatile memory express (NVMe) is being widely adopted as a low-latency interface for connecting host systems with solid state drives (SSDs).In fact, in the new generation of software-defined data centers, NVMe-based, all-flash and hybrid arrays are becoming mainstream. This can have a profound impact on local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) ...
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A seismic shift is underway in enterprise data centers. SCSI-based, all-flash and hybrid arrays are becoming mainstream in the new generation of software-defined data centers. This is driving enterprise and cloud storage to new levels of performance and causing a reassessment of performance bottlenecks. Recently, non-volatile memory express (NVMe), a PCI Express (PCIe) standard that is purpose-built for solid-state PCIe modules in servers, has emerged as a new high-performance interface for server-attached flash ...

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When I was a kid, spying was something countries did to maintain the upper hand in war, trade negotiations, bragging rights and financial gain. The tools of the spy trade included listening/recording devices, super telephoto lenses, a submarine, a stylish and aloof international man or woman and, most importantly, a very fast car, plane or speed boat. At least, that’s what the James Bond movies led us all to believe ...
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Every time Ethernet increases by a factor of ten, or Fibre Channel accelerates by a factor of four, analysts carefully probe the pricing factors involved in determining the slope of user acceptance. The arrival of 10G Ethernet was slowed significantly by the price of some semiconductor logic components, and by the price of implementation in line cards. At other times, the shifting price differentials in multimode vs. single-mode fiber, or pricing of different laser types (VCSEL, DFB, Fabry-Perot) has been named as a key factor in determining how quickly fiber networks scale to a new speed grade, whether in LAN, SAN, MAN, or WAN.
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For nearly ten years, storage and virtualization analysts who were supposedly in the know, predicted the imminent demise of Fibre Channel, to be displaced by protocols such as iSCSI or FCoE riding atop 10G Ethernet. Given the splash many storage vendors have made over 16G Fibre Channel, the ubiquity of Ethernet is nothing to anticipate in the next few quarters. So what happened?
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