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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)

Dell and VMware: A Match Made in Heaven

Cool new toy just landed in my lab for a production VMware vSphere implementation.  This one is going to one of our internal groups that has a moderate load Microsoft SQL implementation. I’ve included a static picture set below so that you can see some of the absolutely fantastic features this Dell R610 (and even it’s bigger brother the R710) bring to the table for virtualization. There are also a couple of shots showing of some of the upcoming Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) that will be coming down the road at some point from QLogic.  I know, ... (more)

Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions (COSS) Explored

Dave Graham's Blog In part one of this series, we discussed the nature of content within the cloud. After determining the nature of the content being stored, it is important to understand how this unstructured and structured content will be stored. The mechanism for storage has significant impact on a provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) to the end user and can also promote the concept of tiered storage within the cloud as well. To evaluate this storage mechanism, you need to pull apart the storage path to determine what influences it has on the content being stored.  Techn... (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)

An Introduction to Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions

Dave Graham's Blog With the advent of Cloud Computing and the general resurgence of computing grids, data storage has been taken for granted. However, as cloud computing’s storage and access demands continue to grow, the need for an optimized storage layer and hardware accompaniment become even more critical. The general focus has been on computational power, integration points via software (API access, for example), and code portability.  Storage, on the other hand, was considered a commodity to be taken advantage of; a simple pool of storage for whatever data needed some level of... (more)