One of the most amusing parts about Fibre Channel over Ethernet(FCoE) is that Spanning Tree is making a triumphant comeback. And I am talking a Roman style parade after the gates to the city have been built and lined with gold.
Although there is no word on a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) initiator in the vein of their wildly successful iSCSI offering, Microsoft announced today that they are will be creating a logo program with test requirements for the new protocol. This certification program will likely follow the company’s similar work with iSCSI, Fibre Channel, and other products to ensure functionality and perhaps interoperability in the Windows market.
Along with many tidbits about storage advances in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, this WinHEC presentation by Microsoft’s Suzanne Morgan demonstrated that the combination of the Windows iSCSI Initiator and NetApp FAS 3070 filer could saturate a 10 Gb Ethernet link. How many other storage arrays can do that?
EMC has been a market leader in bringing new innovative technology to the IT forefront. With the usage of RAID 6, EMC has again taken a very unique approach in designing this technology for its Symmetrix DMX products.
There has been a big chatter about the next generation of EMC machines. After the initial release of DMX-3â€™s in 2005 and then the DMX-4â€™s in 2007, next generation DMX is almost due now. Here is my wish list or expectations on the new DMX Platform.
The mainstream media is still digesting the Oscar awards, but we in storage had our own announcement this week: TechTarget’s (now non-PDF?) Storage magazine announced their Storage Products of the Year award for 2008. Without further ado, the awards and my reaction!
EMC today announced its next generation Celerra NAS. EMC is pushing the technology towards unified storage, deduplication and virtual provisioning giving away some bells and whistles at no cost.
The third rail of enterprise IT is the shockingly opaque and flexible pricing schemes applied to hardware, software, and services. How much does a high-end switch or storage array cost? Are you getting ripped off on your maintenance contracts? Which bundled software modules are required and which are pure profit? You’ll get no help in answering these questions from mainstream sources like technical media, trade shows, or corporate blogs.
HP Storage Products traditionally have support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1+0, RAID 5 and now RAID-6 ADG.
Continuing the quest on RAID 6, with my previous post related to HDSâ€™s RAID 6, here is a post about NetAppâ€™s RAID-DP (Double Parity – Enhanced RAID 6).