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Fibre Channel Over Ethernet (FCoE)
John Hufferd
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FCoE is a concept that encapsulates Fibre Channel frames into Ethernet Frames and amalgamates these technologies into a network fabric that can support Fibre Channel protocols and other Ethernet based protocols (such as TCP/IP, UDP/IP etc.).   The presentation will show the general FCoE concept and describe how it might be exploited in a Data Center environment and its position with regards to FC and iSCSI.  The requirements on the Ethernet Fabric for support of FC protocols will also be shown.   The benefits of converged I/O (storage messaging, clustering, etc.) to the Data Center will be discussed.  The state of the FCoE protocol (Standards position, probable adoption projections, etc.) will also be presented.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will gain a general understanding of the concept of using a Data Center type Ethernet for the transmission of Fibre Channel protocols
  • The audience will gain an understanding of the benefits of converged I/O and how a Fibre Channel protocol can share an Ethernet network with other Ethernet based protocols
  • The audience will gain an understanding of potential business value and configurations that will be appropriate for gaining maximum value from this converged I/O capability

Ethernet Enhancements for Storage:  Deploying FCoE
Sunil Ahluwalia
Errol Roberts

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A key challenge that the network and storage industries are now facing is the abundance of new high speed interconnect protocols proposed for future data center applications. What customers really want is to reduce the number of disparate networks and minimize the complexity surrounding the management of their data centers. In this presentation we take a peek into what the future may hold for high speed fabrics and investigate the potential for their unification. We will provide a market and technical overview of the competitive landscape for next generation 10GbE technologies with particular focus on the operational characteristics and implementation aspects of Ethernet.  The audience will learn how hardware, software, standards and innovations driving the vision of a unified fabric utilizing 10GE for the data center of the future. Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is a key technology that allows IT managers to transport Fibre Channel (Storage) traffic over a standard 10GbE network. There are tremendous benefits for implementing FCoE in terms of reducing cost and power of deployed networks. The session will provide an end-to-end view of implementing FCoE and evaluate its benefits from a host and switch perspective.

IP SANs - How to Consolidate and Maintain High Utilization
Dave Zenz
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IP SANs can serve as a very cost effective approach to consolidating storage from DAS islands that is typically underutilized. This presentation will review the key strategies and best practices around the consolidation of storage to an IP SAN. In addition, best practices on to maintain the cost efficiency and utilization of IP SANs well be reviewed in order keep them from morphing into SAN islands.

Fibre Channel Technologies:  Current and Future
M. K. Jibbe
Steve Wilson

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The objectives of this tutorial are: 1) Provide the user with a Primer on Fibre Channel   2) Project the market outlook and roadmap of Fibre Channel, 3) Share what is New in Fibre Channel Standards for Protocols APIs, and Management.

pNFS, Parallel Storage for Grid and Enterprise Computing
Joshua Konkle
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This session will appeal to Data Center Managers, Cluster/Grid/Compute Server administrators, and those that are seeking a fundamental understanding pNFS. This session will cover the four key reasons to start working with NFSv4 today.  Explain why pNFS is a great parallel storage option for grids and enterprise computing, unlocking hidden potential in clustered storage.  We'll conclude the session with an overview of the storage layouts for parallel NFS; NFSv4.1 Files, Blocks and T10 OSD Objects.

  • Learning Objectives
  • Learn the four reasons to deploy NFSv4 today
  • Understand why pNFS is required for grids and enterprises
  • Understand the three storage layouts for parallel NFS

Fabric Consolidation with Infiniband
Dror Goldenberg
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In the era of exploding datacenter requirements for networking and storage services, and with the increasing power, space, and budget concerns over the infrastructure, fabric consolidation becomes inevitable. InfiniBand was designed from day one for fabric consolidation. With 120Gb/s links and with ultra low-latency characteristics, InfiniBand provides a well provisioned foundation for consolidation of networking and storage. Additional features such as QoS, partitioning, virtual lanes, lossless fabric, and congestion management facilitate true consolidation of fabrics along with connectivity of InfiniBand islands to Ethernet and Fibre Channel clouds through gateways. This session highlights the features for fabric consolidation and the various protocols that run over InfiniBand with emphasis on storage protocols.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the InfiniBand architecture and feature set
  • Understand the benefits of InfiniBand for fabric consolidation
  • Understand the standard InfiniBand storage protocols

PCI Express Impact on Storage Architectures and Capabilities
Ron Emerick
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PCI Express Gen2 and Gen3, IO Virtualization, FCoE, SSD are here or coming soon. This session describes PCI Express, Single Root and Multi Root IO Virtualization and discusses the implications on FCoE, SSD and impacts of all these changes on storage connectivity, storage transfer rates. Additionally, the implications to Storage Industry and Data Center Infrastructures. This tutorial will provide the attendee with the following:

Learning Objectives

  • Knowledge of PCI Express Architecture, PCI Express Roadmap, System Root Complexes and IO Virtualization
  • Expected Industry Roll Out of latest IO Technologies and required Root Complex capabilities.

SANs Across MANs and WANs
Joseph White
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Extending storage networks across distance is essential to BC/DR (Business Continuance/Disaster Recovery), compliance, and data center consolidation. This tutorial will provide both an overview of available techniques and technologies for extending storage networks into the Metro and Wide area networks and a discussion of the applications and scenarios where distance is important. Transport technologies and techniques discussed will include SONET, CWDM, DWDM, Metro Ethernet, TCP/IP, FC credit expansion, data compression, and FCP protocol optimizations (Fast Write, etc). Scenarios discussed will include disk mirroring (both synchronous and asynchronous), remote backup, and remote block access.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of transport technologies used in Metro and Wide area networks
  • Overview of protocol and transport optimizations for Metro and Wide area networks including data compression and fast write
  • Overview of deployment scenarios and business drivers for extending storage networks across metro and wide are networks

SAS and SATA Changes the Storage Market Landscape
Harry Mason
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Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) allows systems to be built that accommodates large numbers of either SAS and/or SATA hard disk drives.  This presentation, intended for OEM, System Builders and End-Users, describes the capabilities of the SAS interface, how’s designed to interoperate with SATA drives and when combined, how these technologies can be combined to deliver some very compelling storage solutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Interface positioning within the enterprise storage infrastructure
  • Capabilities and limitations of SAS and SATA
  • Important trends influencing interface transitions and industry adoption