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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

  • Weave Your Cloud With a Data Fabric

    By Brad Nisbet, SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum member (NetApp)

    First published in DCS UK - February 2014

    A cloud-based IT delivery model can speed up application development and provide flexible environments to accommodate the dynamic and unpredictable needs of the organization and its customers. It’s easy to see why there is so much interest among companies to learn more about how they can benefit from cloud.

  • Cloud File Services

    By John Reed, SNIA ESF member (NetApp)

    First published in DCS Europe - February 2014

    What are your challenges in adopting the cloud? While many new companies have found success starting out with a cloud infrastructure, enterprises and existing companies have found it complicated to make the transition. One reason is that many existing enterprise applications run over File Services (NAS-based) protocols like SMB or NFS, but there are precious few clouds out there with these offerings.

  • Non-Volatile Memory Express NVMe

    By J Metz, SNIA ESF Member (Cisco)

    First published in DCS Europe - December 2014

    When I first started in storage technology (it doesn't seem like that long ago, really!) the topic seemed like it was becoming rather stagnant. The only thing that seemed to be happening was that disks were getting bigger (more space) and the connections were getting faster (more speed).

  • Real-World FCoE Best Practices Q&A

    Taken from blog post at www.sniaesfblog.org

    At our recent live Webcast “Real-World FCoE Designs and Best Practices,” IT leaders from Thermo Fisher Scientific and Gannett Co. shared their experiences from their FCoE deployments – one single-hop, one multi-hop. It was a candid discussion on the lessons they learned. If you missed the Webcast, it’s now available on demand. We polled the audience to see what stage of FCoE deployment they’re in (see the poll results at the end of this blog). Just over half said they’re still in learning mode. To that end, here are answers to the questions we got during the Webcast. As you will see, many of these questions were directed to our guest end users regarding their experiences. I hope that it will help you in your journey. 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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