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Virtual networks for storage and data environments


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By adopting virtual networks for storage and data environments we've reduced the number of physical servers in the data center concentrating storage and other I/O. As a result the back of our server racks look like an explosion in a spaghetti factory. Virtual servers beg for virtual networks that consolidate network and storage I/O onto a smaller number of higher bandwidth connections. With consolidated networking, users can stop playing the game of one cable, two cable, orange cable, blue cable.

In this SearchStorage.com slide presentation, Howard Marks, founder and chief scientist at DeepStorage.net, explains virtual networks for storage and data environments and the solutions available to server and storage administrators for reducing cable clutter and consolidating network and storage I/O. Ranging from Fibre Channel N_Port ID virtualization (NPIV) to cutting-edge technologies including Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and PCIe extension, we'll look at the technologies, the players, the politics and how users can integrate new technologies into their short and long term planning.

Click the image below to view a PDF of Howard Marks' slide presentation on virtual networks for storage and data environments.

About the author: Howard Marks is the founder and chief scientist at DeepStorage.net. Marks has over 25 years of experience as an independent consultant. He has written hundreds of articles and product reviews for Network World, Network Computing and InformationWeek. He's also been a guest speaker at Storage Decisions, Comdex, Interop, Networks Expo, and developed training programs for organizations such as JP Morgan and American Express.

This was first published in November 2010

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