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Is FC Still Relevant?
April 22, 2014
Ben Woo, Managing Director
Sponsored by Emulex Corporation
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Audience Participation …
• W...
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•Yes!
Is FC still relevant?
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The Right Technology for the...
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 Mature technology
 Well u...
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Comparison of storage
networ...
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• Scale-up databases
• Dense...
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Emulex ExpressLane™
• Flash ...
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Emulex CrossLink™
• Flash re...
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Emulex & Brocade ClearLink
...
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Neuraspective™
• Bringing a...
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• Click the ATTACHMENTS
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Is Fibre Channel Still Relevant? Webcast with Neuralytix

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Fibre Channel (FC) has come a long way since its introduction to provide a networking solution that would provide the efficiency and speed necessary for storage to be networked and shared across multiple hosts. However, recently some have begun to question whether FC still has relevancy. The answer is a simple and definitive yes! It is all about the right technology for the job. Come and hear Ben Woo, Managing Director, Neuralytix, describe why Fibre Channel is the right tool for your job.

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  1. 1. Is FC Still Relevant? April 22, 2014 Ben Woo, Managing Director Sponsored by Emulex Corporation
  2. 2. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 2 Audience Participation … • What best describes your existing storage network today: o Only FC o Primarily FC (with some FCoE, IB, Ethernet, FCIP, etc.) o Primarily non-FC (with some FC) o Only non-FC o None of the above
  3. 3. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 3 •Yes! Is FC still relevant?
  4. 4. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 4 The Right Technology for the Job Ethernet may not be the best fit for storage
  5. 5. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 5  Mature technology  Well understood by storage administrators  Flexible network design  De facto standard in most datacenters  High performance  Low latency Fibre Channel Benefits
  6. 6. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 6 Comparison of storage networks 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32* Gbps 10, 40, 100* Gbps 1, 10, 40, 100* Gbps 10, 20, 40, 56, 100* Gbps* Future
  7. 7. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 7 • Scale-up databases • Dense virtualization o Private Cloud o VDI • Low latency/ultra-high performance o SSD • All data, structured or unstructured, end up on block storage Performance = Advantage
  8. 8. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 8 Emulex ExpressLane™ • Flash storage shares the SAN with traditional rotating media • Mission-critical requests are stuck behind requests to slow storage • Current queuing mechanisms are optimized for throughput, not latency QoS SolutionSSD Latency Challenge • ExpressLane creates separate queues for low latency storage- Identified by LUN • Individual queues are coalesced for latency not overall bandwidth • Queue associations are made from OneCommand Manager
  9. 9. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 9 Emulex CrossLink™ • Flash requires coordination between nodes • Current solutions (TCP/IP and UDP) suffer from “roundabout” stack-hopping • Latency & QoS issues over Ethernet hamper coordination with storage devices • Trust issues (storage networks deemed implicitly secure) • Separate Ethernet connectivity requires additional wiring & management SSD Coordination Solution SSD Isolation Challenge • In-band FC Messaging solves latency & “stack-hopping” for cache or device coordination • Uses standard & proven FC-CT protocol for FC and FCoE • Simple interface- kernel or API
  10. 10. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 10 Emulex & Brocade ClearLink (D_Port) Support Emulex # 1 Gen 5 HBAs + Brocade #1 Gen 5 switches, Together Providing Superior SAN-wide Diagnostics ClearLink is a rich SAN diagnostic mode from Brocade Gen 5 FC switches (16GFC) ClearLink is now supported by all 16G (only) Emulex LightPulse Gen 5 FC HBAs (XE201 based) Identifies and isolates marginal link level failures and performance issues: SFP, port, & cable
  11. 11. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 11 Neuraspective™ • Bringing all network traffic (WAN, MAN, LAN & SAN) can create new complexities o Mismatch of packet types o Client versus server package • Need predictable, scalable storage network  reliable o FC has proven to be reliable • Protect existing investment o Most datacenters already run FC o Many enterprises have invested $M’s in FC • ↑VM density = low latency, high IOPS, ultra-high bandwidth
  12. 12. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 12
  13. 13. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 13 • Click the ATTACHMENTS button above to get documents related to today’s webcast • Also, please provide some feedback via the RATINGS button above. Before we finish …
  14. 14. © Copyright 2014, Neuralytix, Inc. – All Rights Reserved | www.neuralytix.com | @Neuralytix 14 Ben Woo bwoo@neuralytix.com @BenWooNY @Neuralytix
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