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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

  • Have You Heard About 40 Gig Fibre Channel?

    By J Metz, FCIA Board of Directors (Cisco Systems)

    First published in SNS Europe - June 2014

    It may sound strange to think of the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) discussing Ethernet technologies. After all, when people think of Fibre Channel something more than just the protocol comes to mind - the entire ecosystem, management, and design philosophies are part and parcel of what storage administrators think of when we discuss “Fibre Channel networks.”

  • Object Storage 101 – Questions and Answers

    Posted by AlexMcDonald (NetApp)

    At our recent live ESF Webcast, “Object Storage 101,” we talked about the what, how, and why behind storage technologies. Over 200 people attended the event. If you missed it, it’s now available on-demand. It was an interactive session and we did not have time to address all the questions, so here are answers to them all. If you think of additional questions, please feel free to comment on this blog.

  • Ethernet Meets Enterprise Storage. Finally

    Original post from the SNIA Ethernet Storage Blog

    By Mike Jochimsen

    Presumptuous, yes, because Ethernet has been a mainstay in enterprises since its early days over 40 years ago. It initially grew to prominence as the local area network (LAN) connection in the enterprise. More recent advances have enabled Ethernet to become a standard for mission critical storage connectivity for block, file and object storage in many enterprises.

  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE): Hype vs. Reality

    By Casey Quillin and Sameh Boukelbene

    First published in SNS Europe - April 2014

    It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride for FCoE, which started out with more promise than it was able to deliver. In theory, the benefits of a single converged LAN/SAN network are fairly easy to see. The problem was, as is often the case with new technology, that most of the theoretical benefit was not available on the initial product release. The idea that storage traffic was no longer.

 

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