What’s All The Fuss About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?

Post by Anita Kibunguchy (thank you)

Technology has made it so easy that customers looking to purchase a product or service need to simply look online for reviews. Did you know that 80% of people try new things because of recommendations from friends? It’s the reason why e-commerce companies like Amazon have thrived! Customers want to hear what other customers have to say about: The product, their experience with the brand, durability, support, purchase decisions, recommendations … the list goes on. This is no different in the B2B space. That is why IT Central Station is such an invaluable resource for customers looking to adopt new technologies like hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with VMware Virtual SAN. Customers get a chance to read unbiased product reviews from the tech community which makes them smart and much more informed buyers.

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Peak Fibre Channel


Good post by Tony Bourke (thank you)

There have been several articles talking about the death of Fibre Channel. This isn’t one of them. However, it is an article about “peak Fibre Channel”. I think, as a technology, Fibre Channel is in the process of (if it hasn’t already) peaking.

There’s a lot of technology in IT that doesn’t simply die. Instead, it grows, peaks, then slowly (or perhaps very slowly) fades. Consider Unix/RISC.

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The Storage Requirements for 100% Virtualization

Post by George Crump (thank you)

After a rapid move from test to production, virtualization of existing servers in many companies seems to slow down. While it is true that most data centers have adopted a virtualize first philosophy, getting those older, mission critical workloads virtualized seems to be a thorny issue. These applications are often at the heart of an organization’s revenue or customer interaction and tend to be unpredictable in the resources they require. This is especially true when it comes to storage and networking.

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Faster Ethernet Gets Weird

Good post by Stephen Foskett (thank you)

Once upon a time there was Ethernet. Every half decade or so, the industry got together and worked out a faster version. Sometimes they didn’t totally agree, but a standard emerged at 10x the speed of the previous version. Throw all that out the window: Faster Ethernet is coming, and it’s going to be weird!

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FCoE is dead! (For real)

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

How many times have you heard this statement? Tape is dead! Mainframe is dead! So on and so forth… it turned out not to be true, most of the times it was just a way to say that a newer technology was seeing a strong adoption, so strong as to eclipse the older one in the eyes of the masses. But, in the case of FCoE, it is slightly different.

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How Flash is Changing Data Storage

Post by Paul Rubens (thank you)

Moving storage services into storage devices may not be what storage software vendors want, but it will offer many benefits to enterprises.

Falling processor and memory prices mean it’s economically feasible to beef up the computing power on storage hardware devices. That’s opening up some exciting possibilities for smart flash drives.

To understand why, you need to consider what exactly goes on in solid state drives. Unlike the spinning hard drives, flash drives can’t overwrite any arbitrary area of the storage medium.  In particular, they can’t write new data to a partially used  block – they have to write to a previously erased (or never used) block.

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Musing: Could We Replace Ethernet With PCIe?

Good post by Stephen Foskett (thank you)

Greg “EtherealMind” Ferro recently “mused” that it might be a good idea to replace PCI Express (PCIe) inside servers or rack-scale infrastructure with Ethernet. But this seems to be the exact opposite of the direction the industry is headed. Rather than replacing PCIe with Ethernet, companies like Intel seem set on replacing short-range Ethernet (in rack-scale systems) with PCIe!

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Despite being declared dead, Fibre Channel continues to evolve with FC-BB-6

Good post by Greg Schulz (thank you)

Like many technologies that have been around for more than a decade or two, they often get declared dead when something new appears and Fibre Channel (FC) for networking with your servers and storage falls into that category. It seems like just yesterday when iSCSI was appearing on the storage networking scene in the early 2000s that FC was declared dead yet it remains and continues to evolve including moving over Ethernet with FC over Ethernet (FCoE).

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Fibre Channel or Ethernet?

There’s been a lot of discussion about the emergence of Ethernet as a storage protocol. Analyst George Crump of Storage Switzerland interviews Scott Shimomura of Brocade about the differences between FC and FCoE with regards to performance, price, and complexity. With 60% to 80% of the market still using FC and with the FCIA announcement of Gen 6, the majority of FC customers have compelling reasons to continue using fibre channel.

Fibre Channel vs. Ethernet – Should You Switch?

Post by Charlie Hodges (thank you)

Depending on which study you read, fibre channel based storage area networks are the topology of choice for somewhere between 40% to 60% of the storage networks in production. The IT professionals that run these networks are besieged with marketing that suggests they abandon their storage networking technology of choice and jump on the Ethernet bandwagon. While Ethernet can certainly make a case for net new installations, does it make sense for organizations with Fibre Channel already embedded into their environment to abandon their investment in favor of an entirely new Ethernet storage networking topology?

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