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This is a tongue in cheek video that I took in one of my labs showing why, for no other reason but fabric reduction, that CEE/DCE/FCoE is a valuable thing for ANY IT infrastructure. A couple of things you’ll notice here are: a.) it’s loud. Sorry about that…this lab is in a thermal chamber and it gets crazy loud. b.) I’m running Qlogic 2562 HBAs (fibre channel) and Qlogic 5802V switching (more switches are coming) c.) My GigE switches are, in a word, terrible (with the distinct difference being the Foundry/Brocade switching which is good). d.) I copt a TERRIBLE NorthEastern accent…I don’t even know where it came from… Anyhow, this Flip UltraHD recorder is pretty awesome… Related articles by Zemanta QLogic gets into servers from IBM, HP, Dell, and SGI (insidehpc.com) QLogic gets another CNA kiss from IBM (theregister.co.uk) QLogic gets vendor quartet for quad data rate ... (more)

Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions: Tiering & Expectations

Dave Graham's Blog In Part One of this Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions (COSS) series, we took a look at the content being stored on COSS and in Part Two at how it is stored. Storage within the cloud is meaningless without a measurable level of performance that it can be compared against. Since there are no established benchmarks that determine performance of storage within a cloud infrastructure, it is reasonable to apply tiering metrics to storage based on content valuation and service level agreements (SLAs) and utilize this as an overarching methodology to judge COSS storage... (more)

Musings on Neural Networking By @DaveGraham | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Given my last post was in November of 2013 (trust me, I’ve been busy), I figured I’d start out with a heady topic like “Neural Networking” in an age where Deep Machine Learning and perhaps its lesser cousin, assisted Machine Learning (I’ll define in a bit), seem to be all the rage.  However, before we begin, I want to make a few things clear: I’m no expert in these fields. I’m musing out loud here.  You’re my audience and what you determine to be salient and what you deem junk is, well, your problem, not mine. DML/AML, Neural Networking, and a whole host of other terms, acronyms,... (more)

How EMC Is Approaching the Social Media Scene

It’s interesting to people watch at a conference.  You get to appreciate the reach and depth of EMC’s product portfolio which is represented best by the customers and employees that both use and create this technology.  Sometimes, it’s hard to segment the two.  But, at the end of the day, it’s incredible to be able to put faces with names, voices with the inevitable typing foibles and prose that we’ve all come to know and love. So, why is this a cultural shift? In some of my conversations with both old guards and new, it’s amazing to see the diversity of opinion on how EMC is appr... (more)

Why Policy is the Future of Storage

As many of you may know, I work for EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure Group as part of the Atmos solution team. In this role, I’ve been blessed with getting a closer look at where the future of cloud storage is going as well as some of the drivers that will get it there. In this post, I’d like to talk a bit about policy and how this will shape the future of storage. I’m going to keep this as abstracted from product as possible, but where appropriate, I’ll try to show you how products are implementing this technology TODAY. What is Policy? By definition, policy is “[an] action or proce... (more)