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Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
John Hufferd

The Fibre Channel (T11.3) standards committee developed a Standard called Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)   The FCoE standard specifies the encapsulation of Fibre Channel frames into Ethernet Frames and the amalgamation of these technologies into a network fabric that can support Fibre Channel protocols and other protocols such as TCP/IP, UDP/IP etc.  A “Direct End-to-End” FCoE variant has been accepted for the next version of the Standard  The tutorial will show the Fundamentals of these FCoE concepts and describe how they 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.

Understanding High Availability in the SAN
Mark Fleming

This session will appeal to those seeking a fundamental understanding of High Availability (HA) configurations in the SAN, or those wising to be reminded of essential concepts. Modern SANs have developed numerous methods using hardware and software to assure high availability of storage to customers. The session will explore basic concepts of HA; move through a sample configuration from end-to-end; investigate HA and virtualization, capacity planning; and discuss some of the challenges and pitfalls faced in testing HA configurations. Real customer experiences will be shared to drive it all home!

Overview of Data Center Networks
Dr. Joseph White

With the completion of the majority of the various standards used within the Data Center plus the wider deployment of I/O consolidation and converged networks, a solid comprehension of how these networks will behave and perform is essential.  This tutorial covers technology and protocols used to construct and operate Data Center Networks. Particular emphasis will be placed on effects and implications of Data Center Bridging (DCB), QoS, and network behavior for storage related traffic flows including head of line blocking, incast, microburst, sustained congestion, link aggregation (LAG) and traffic engineering.

Learning Objectives

  • Awareness of the new SNIA NVM Programming Model
  • Advantages to software utilizing NVM features
  • Advantages to end users utilizing software based on the model

PCI Express IO Virtualization Overview
Ron Emerick

PCI Express IO Virtualization Specifications working with System Virtualization allowing multiple operating systems running simultaneously within a single computer system to natively share PCI Express Devices. This session describes PCI Express, Single Root and Multi Root IO Virtualization. The potential implications to Storage Industry and Data Center Infrastructures will also be discussed.