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Why I/O Is Strategicfor ConvergencePresented by: Emulex and 451Research                               1
Webcast Housekeeping1.   All attendees will be on mute during the presentation2.   Please submit your questions via the te...
Why I/O Is StrategicShaun WalshSVP of marketing andcorporate development                        3
Why I/O Is Strategic?          Building a Virtual Panel of Experts!                                                 4
Topics for the Virtual Panel    Server         Cloud       Big      NetworkVirtualization   Computing     Data   Convergen...
Why I/O is Strategic for Convergence  Next steps in performance and agility                                          6
Company Overview  One company with 3 operating         200+ staff   divisions                            1,300+ client ...
Digital Infrastructure Focus
Forces at WorkSeparate Paths Storage and data networks have been distinct  • Differing requirements    ▫ Speed    ▫ Laten...
A Mood to Merge Storage Advances  Fibre Channel speed Data Advances  iSCSI matures  10 Gb Ethernet Approaching Parity ...
An Increasing Sentiment in Storage Networking
Joining the PathsShift in sentiment pushed by advantages  Virtualization  • Bringing teams together  • Configuration flex...
Key Convergence Advantages   Area         Aspect                     Advantage   Operations   Simplified deployment      R...
Technology AspectsData network additions are critical to performance Data Center Bridging  • Approaching lossless Etherne...
Data Center BridgingPutting Ethernet into higher gear IEEE standards  • Priority-based Flow Control    ▫ 802.1Qbb – Flow ...
Adapter AdvancementsControls for greater capacity Offloading  • Minimizing processor burn QoS  • Putting protections in ...
Fibre Channel over Ethernet - FCoEImplementations reach maturity  Much more than FC encapsulation!  • Replicating FC forw...
Operations AspectsWorking it out Infrastructure shifts  • Gradual transition    ▫ Per server  • Shared management Virtua...
Migration Case StudyTypical independent networks Storage and data isolated
First Step MigrationAfter adding FCoE capable switch Servers connect directly with converged adapters Converged traffic
Next StepsPlanning is key Infrastructure assessment  • Storage  • Server  • Network Pilot evaluation  • People planning ...
Questions? Comments?
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Why I/O is Strategic for Convergence - with 451 Research

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This webcast is the fifth in a monthly series on why I/O is strategic for the data center. Eric Hanselman, research director, from The 451 Research, examines how network convergence is becoming a strategic choice for IT managers as they evaluate next steps in their data center deployments to increase competitiveness, reduce OPEX and deal with a myriad of new demands.

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Why I/O is Strategic for Convergence - with 451 Research

  1. 1. Why I/O Is Strategicfor ConvergencePresented by: Emulex and 451Research 1
  2. 2. Webcast Housekeeping1. All attendees will be on mute during the presentation2. Please submit your questions via the text/chat feature3. We will do all Q&A at the end of the presentation 2
  3. 3. Why I/O Is StrategicShaun WalshSVP of marketing andcorporate development 3
  4. 4. Why I/O Is Strategic? Building a Virtual Panel of Experts! 4
  5. 5. Topics for the Virtual Panel Server Cloud Big NetworkVirtualization Computing Data Convergence 5
  6. 6. Why I/O is Strategic for Convergence Next steps in performance and agility 6
  7. 7. Company Overview  One company with 3 operating  200+ staff divisions  1,300+ client organizations:  Syndicated research, advisory, enterprises, vendors, service professional services, datacenter providers, and investment firms certification, and events  Organic and growth through  Global focus acquisition
  8. 8. Digital Infrastructure Focus
  9. 9. Forces at WorkSeparate Paths Storage and data networks have been distinct • Differing requirements ▫ Speed ▫ Latency ▫ Loss • Different organizations Different growth paths • Increases in performanceBecoming more alike over time
  10. 10. A Mood to Merge Storage Advances  Fibre Channel speed Data Advances  iSCSI matures  10 Gb Ethernet Approaching Parity  Converged server platforms  Virtualization pressures
  11. 11. An Increasing Sentiment in Storage Networking
  12. 12. Joining the PathsShift in sentiment pushed by advantages  Virtualization • Bringing teams together • Configuration flexibility Operations • Simplifies buy/build • Single interface simplicity • CNA’s offer safety net
  13. 13. Key Convergence Advantages Area Aspect Advantage Operations Simplified deployment Reduced cabling costs VM mobility Workload agility Hybrid cloud enablement Scale and cost flexibility Technology Standards – DCB, DCBX More deterministic performance Virtual NIC advancements Investment protection Converged systems Operational simplicity FCoE maturity Greater support and management
  14. 14. Technology AspectsData network additions are critical to performance Data Center Bridging • Approaching lossless Ethernet Adapter advancements • Controls for mixed traffic • Virtualization FCoE • Managing FC transition
  15. 15. Data Center BridgingPutting Ethernet into higher gear IEEE standards • Priority-based Flow Control ▫ 802.1Qbb – Flow pausing • Congestion Notification ▫ 802.1Qau – Backpressure for source quench • Enhanced Transmission Selection ▫ 802.1Qaz - Allocates bandwidth, priority • DCBX – Capabilities Exchange ▫ 802.1AB – Negotiates functionality
  16. 16. Adapter AdvancementsControls for greater capacity Offloading • Minimizing processor burn QoS • Putting protections in place Virtualization • Partitioning • SR-IOV Power consumption • Copper catching up
  17. 17. Fibre Channel over Ethernet - FCoEImplementations reach maturity  Much more than FC encapsulation! • Replicating FC forwarding and controls Networking gear support • Fiber Channel Forwarders (FCF) ▫ Transitional switches ▫ FC ports ▫ Routers can have FCF stacks, too • Extended networks possible Standard updated • ANSI FC-BB-6 • More complex toplogies
  18. 18. Operations AspectsWorking it out Infrastructure shifts • Gradual transition ▫ Per server • Shared management Virtualization integration • Designing for workload mobility • Cluster and path planning
  19. 19. Migration Case StudyTypical independent networks Storage and data isolated
  20. 20. First Step MigrationAfter adding FCoE capable switch Servers connect directly with converged adapters Converged traffic
  21. 21. Next StepsPlanning is key Infrastructure assessment • Storage • Server • Network Pilot evaluation • People planning • Application identification • Performance monitoring • Traffic volumes Production deployment
  22. 22. Questions? Comments?
  23. 23. © 2011 Emulex Corporation 23

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