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SNIA Europe Whitepaper - Journey to Unified Fabric

This new SNIA Europe whitepaper takes a look into datacenter architectures, reviewing current technologies and looking towards future trends with increased speeds and efficiency.

Download the white paper through the link below.

 Journey to Unified Fabric


 Why the FCoE vs iSCSI Debate Continues

Jeff Archer of the SNIA ESF Forum has written an article weighing up the strengths and weaknesses of both FCoE and iSCSI to help you decide which network protocol is right for you.

Read the article in our latest articles page.


View Part 1 of the 4-Part Webcast Series on NFS

Recorded:  6 November 2012 - 16:00 GMT/17:00 CET

Where:  http://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/59507

This talk will appeal to Virtual Data Center Managers, Database Server administrators, and those that are seeking a fundamental understanding of NFSv4.1 with pNFS. It will cover the four key reasons to start working with NFSv4.1 today; explain the storage layouts for parallel NFS; NFSv4.1 Files, Blocks and T10 OSD Objects; and improvements in security. We’ll conclude the session with use cases for grid, database access, enterprise and desktop virtualization.

Missed the webcast?  Playback the recording here:  http://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/59507

 


An Overview of NFSv4
NFSv4.0, NFSv4.1, pNFS, and proposed NFSv4.2 features

From the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum

  NFSv4 Whitepaper May2012

NFSv4 has been a standard file sharing protocol since 2003, but has not been widely adopted. Yet, NFSv4 improves on NFSv3 in many important ways. In this white paper, we explain the how NFSv4 is better suited to a wide range of datacenter and HPC use than its predecessor NFSv3, as well as providing resources for migrating from v3 to v4. And, most importantly, we make the argument that users should, at the very least, be evaluating and deploying NFSv4.1 for use in new projects; and ideally, should be using it wholesale in their existing environments.

 

Video Tutorial on Ethernet Storage

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

The Fibre Channel (T11.3) standards committee developed a Standard called Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). The FCoE standard specifies the encapsulation of Fibre Channel frames into Ethernet Frames and the amalgamation of these technologies into a network fabric that can support Fibre Channel protocols and other protocols such as TCP/IP, UDP/IP etc. A “Direct End-to-End” FCoE variant has been accepted for the next version of the Standard The tutorial will show the Fundamentals of these FCoE concepts and describe how they might be exploited in a Data Center environment.

 


 

Latest Ethernet Storage Publications

  • Ethernet Connected Drives Webcast Q&A

    Taken from blog post at http://www.sniaesfblog.org

    At our recent SNIA ESF Webcast “Visions for Ethernet Connected Drives” Chris DePuy of the Dell’Oro Group discussed potential benefits, use cases, and challenges of Ethernet connected drives. It’s not surprising that we had a lot of questions given that this market is in its infancy. As promised during our live event, here are answers to questions from the audience. If you think of additional questions, please feel free to comment on this blog.

  • The Journey to Unified Fabric: Where are you?

    By Fausto Vaninetti, SNIA Europe Board of Directors (Cisco)

    First published in DCS Europe - March 2015

    Within datacenters, one thing is always true: users and their applications need to be able to access their data. For user traffic, the winning transport technology is clearly Ethernet. For data traffic, several alternatives or complementary options have been proposed and used to some degree of success. Infiniband, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, Ethernet with NFS are all names that come to mind. In this document we just want to explore the most popular combination of technologies and the way they are coming to work together.

  • SNIA Europe Whitepaper - The Journey to Unified Fabric - Download

    Download the whitepaper by Fausto Vaninetti, SNIA Europe Board of Directors (Cisco) here.

  • Benefits of RDMA in Accelerating Ethernet Storage Q&A

    Taken from blog post at http://www.sniaesfblog.com

    At our recent live Webcast “Benefits of RDMA in Accelerating Ethernet Storage Connectivity” experts from Emulex, Intel and Microsoft had an insightful discussion on the ways RDMA is having an impact on Ethernet storage. The live event was attended by nearly 200 people and feedback was overwhelming positive with several attendees thanking us for our vendor neutral presentation and one attendee commenting that it was, “Probably the most clearly comprehensible yet comprehensive webinar I’ve attended in some time.” If you missed the Webcast, it’s now available on demand. We did not have time to get to everyone’s questions, so as promised, below are answers to all of them. If you have additional questions, please ask them in the comments section in this blog and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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