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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

  • Expanding Your Data Center with FCoE - Q&A

    Taken from blog post at www.sniablog.org

    At the recent live ESF Webcast, “Expert Insights: Expanding the Data Center with FCoE,” SNIA ESF examined the current state of FCoE and looked at how this protocol can expand the agility of the data center if you missed it, it’s now available on-demand. As there was not have time to address all the questions, here are answers to them all. If you think of additional questions, please feel free to comment on this blog.

  • What's happening with 25GbE

    Originally from blog at www.sniablog.org
    By David Chalupsky (Intel)

    In July 2014, IEEE 802.3 voted to form a Study Group for 25Gb/s Ethernet. There has been a lot attention in the networking press lately about 25Gb/s Ethernet, but many people are asking what is it and how did we get here. After all, 802.3 already has completed standards for 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s and is currently working on 400Gb/s, so from a pure speed perspective, starting a 25Gb/s project now does look like a step backwards.

  • 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.

 

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