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  • FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER
    FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER J Metz, Cisco; Saqib Jang, Chelsio; Rob Davis, Mellanox; Tim Lustig, Mellanox Recorded: Jun 21 2018 62 mins
    The “Great Storage Debates” webcast series continues, this time on FCoE vs. iSCSI vs. iSER. Like past “Great Storage Debates,” the goal of this presentation is not to have a winner emerge, but rather provide vendor-neutral education on the capabilities and use cases of these technologies so that attendees can become more informed and make educated decisions.

    One of the features of modern data centers is the ubiquitous use of Ethernet. Although many data centers run multiple separate networks (Ethernet and Fibre Channel (FC)), these parallel infrastructures require separate switches, network adapters, management utilities and staff, which may not be cost effective.

    Multiple options for Ethernet-based SANs enable network convergence, including FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) which allows FC protocols over Ethernet and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) for transport of SCSI commands over TCP/IP-Ethernet networks. There are also new Ethernet technologies that reduce the amount of CPU overhead in transferring data from server to client by using Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA), which is leveraged by iSER (iSCSI Extensions for RDMA) to avoid unnecessary data copying.

    That leads to several questions about FCoE, iSCSI and iSER:

    •If we can run various network storage protocols over Ethernet, what
    differentiates them?
    •What are the advantages and disadvantages of FCoE, iSCSI and iSER?
    •How are they structured?
    •What software and hardware do they require?
    •How are they implemented, configured and managed?
    •Do they perform differently?
    •What do you need to do to take advantage of them in the data center?
    •What are the best use cases for each?

    Join our SNIA experts as they answer all these questions and more on the next Great Storage Debate.

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog from our presenters http://bit.ly/2NyJKUM
  • FICON 101
    FICON 101 Patty Driever, IBM; Howard Johnson, Broadcom; J Metz, Cisco Recorded: Jun 19 2018 62 mins
    FICON (Fibre Channel Connection) is an upper-level protocol supported by mainframe servers and attached enterprise-class storage controllers that utilize Fibre Channel as the underlying transport. Mainframes are built to provide a robust and resilient IT infrastructure, and FICON is a key element of their ability to meet the increasing demands placed on reliable and efficient access to data. What are some of the key objectives and benefits of the FICON protocol? And what are the characteristics that make FICON relevant in today’s data centers for mission-critical workloads?

    Join us in this live FCIA webcast where you’ll learn:

    • Basic mainframe I/O terminology
    • The characteristics of mainframe I/O and FICON architecture
    • Key features and benefits of FICON
  • Everything You Wanted To Know...But Were Too Proud To Ask - Storage Controllers
    Everything You Wanted To Know...But Were Too Proud To Ask - Storage Controllers Peter Onufryk, Microsemi, Craig Carlson, Cavium, Chad Hintz, Cisco, John Kim, Mellanox, J Metz, Cisco Recorded: May 15 2018 48 mins
    Are you a control freak? Have you ever wondered what was the difference between a storage controller, a RAID controller, a PCIe Controller, or a metadata controller? What about an NVMe controller? Aren’t they all the same thing?

    In part Aqua of the “Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage But Were Too Proud To Ask” webcast series, we’re going to be taking an unusual step of focusing on a term that is used constantly, but often has different meanings. When you have a controller that manages hardware, there are very different requirements than a controller that manages an entire system-wide control plane. From the outside looking in, it may be easy to get confused. You can even have controllers managing other controllers!
    Here we’ll be revisiting some of the pieces we talked about in Part Chartreuse [https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/215131], but with a bit more focus on the variety we have to play with:
    •What do we mean when we say “controller?”
    •How are the systems being managed different?
    •How are controllers used in various storage entities: drives, SSDs, storage networks, software-defined
    •How do controller systems work, and what are the trade-offs?
    •How do storage controllers protect against Spectre and Meltdown?
    Join us to learn more about the workhorse behind your favorite storage systems.

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2JgcHlM
  • Fibre Channel Cabling
    Fibre Channel Cabling Zach Nason, Data Center Systems, Greg McSorley, Amphenol-Highspeed, Mark Jones, Broadcom Recorded: Apr 19 2018 44 mins
    Looking for more cost-effective ways to implement fibre channel cabling? Learn why proper cabling is important and how it fits into data center designs. Join this webcast to hear FCIA experts discuss:
    - Cable and connector types, cassettes, patch panels and other cabling products
    - Variables in Fiber Optic and Copper Cables: Reflectance, Insertion Loss,
    Crosstalk, Speed/Length Limitations and more
    - Different variations of Structured Cabling in an environment with FC
    - Helpful tips when planning and implementing a cabling infrastructure within a SAN
  • Introduction to SNIA Swordfish™ ─ Scalable Storage Management
    Introduction to SNIA Swordfish™ ─ Scalable Storage Management Richelle Ahlvers, Broadcom; Don Deel, NetApp Recorded: Apr 19 2018 62 mins
    The SNIA Swordfish™ specification helps to provide a unified approach for the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments, making it easier for IT administrators to integrate scalable solutions into their data centers. Swordfish builds on the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF’s) Redfish® specification using the same easy-to-use RESTful methods and lightweight JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) formatting. Join this session to receive an overview of Swordfish including the new functionality added in version 1.0.6 released in March, 2018.
  • File vs. Block vs. Object Storage
    File vs. Block vs. Object Storage Mark Carlson, Toshiba, Alex McDonald, NetApp, Saqib Jang, Chelsio, John Kim, Mellanox Recorded: Apr 17 2018 67 mins
    File vs. Block vs. Object Storage

    When it comes to storage, a byte is a byte is a byte, isn’t it? One of the truths about simplicity is that scale makes everything hard, and with that comes complexity. And when we’re not processing the data, how do we store it and access it?

    The only way to manage large quantities of data is to make it addressable in larger pieces, above the byte level. For that, we’ve designed sets of data management protocols that help us do several things: address large lumps of data by some kind of name or handle, organize it for storage on external storage devices with different characteristics, and provide protocols that allow us to programmatically write and read it.

    In this webcast, we'll compare three types of data access: file, block and object storage, and the access methods that support them. Each has its own use cases, and advantages and disadvantages; each provides simple to sophisticated data management; and each makes different demands on storage devices and programming technologies.

    Join us as we discuss and debate:

    Storage devices
    - How different types of storage drive different management & access solutions
    Block
    - Where everything is in fixed-size chunks
    - SCSI and SCSI-based protocols, and how FC and iSCSI fit in
    File
    - When everything is a stream of bytes
    - NFS and SMB
    Object
    - When everything is a blob
    - HTTP, key value and RESTful interfaces
    - When files, blocks and objects collide

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog: https://wp.me/p1kTSa-bh
  • Outsourcing Your IT Infrastructure: Risks and Rewards
    Outsourcing Your IT Infrastructure: Risks and Rewards Edward Dryer, Senior Technology Strategist, Steadfast Recorded: Apr 5 2018 27 mins
    SMB to Enterprise-level organizations are increasingly using or considering the use of outsourced IT infrastructure providers to remain cost-effectively competitive and productive. But while the rewards may be attractive, there are inherent risks that need to be understood.

    If you are considering moving your infrastructure to an IT provider, or changing your current provider, join us during this 30-minute webinar to hear more about:

    • Outsourced IT Infrastructure Drivers
    • Common Risks and Rewards
    • Frustrations that Customers Have Had with Service Providers
    • Case study of a Customer that Moved Their Infrastructure to Steadfast and Why
    • How Steadfast Approaches IT Infrastructure Management Differently
    • Live Q&A

    Getting help to manage your IT Infrastructure can help you to regain focus on your core business. But, before you make that move, make sure you understand all the nuances of your decision.
  • Tsunami! The Forthcoming Wave of Liquid Cooling in the Data Centre
    Tsunami! The Forthcoming Wave of Liquid Cooling in the Data Centre John Booth, CEO, Carbon3 IT Recorded: Feb 15 2018 35 mins
    This webinar will cover the challenges of scaling up of liquid cooling technologies in the data centre space.

    About the presenter:
    The subject of sustainable and green data centres is very close to my heart. For many years I have been increasingly concerned with the ever increasing requirement for power that the information age requires and we built our business on explaining to organisations that they were wasting energy and overcooling server rooms as well as consulting on green IT issues from device to disposal.

    The EURECA project will deliver a tool that public sector IT managers can use to benchmark their current actions and see what the current standards and latest concepts are and how to implement easy solutions to make a real difference. I have been lucky enough to see some state-of-the-art public sector data centres such as the University of St Andrews that have adopted the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres and been awarded a GOLD CEEDA and how the management used the project to promote wider sustainability concepts to the rest of the university and beyond. At the other end of the scale there remains much work to be done in data centres/server rooms across the public sector to capitalise on the fast moving and sometimes daunting array of technologies and methodologies on offer.
  • Interconnect for Success: Winning Strategies of Data Center Providers
    Interconnect for Success: Winning Strategies of Data Center Providers Jim Davis, Contributing Analyst, Structure Research Recorded: Feb 14 2018 29 mins
    Enterprises are grappling with security and performance challenges that have come along with their growing use of cloud services. Datacenter providers are in a position to facilitate on-demand connectivity with software-defined platforms. This presentation will give insight into how datacenter providers are building and marketing interconnection services. We’ll also cover cloud service providers efforts to build global networks, and assess their impact on datacenter providers.

    About the presenter:
    Jim Davis is a contributing analyst for Structure Research, an independent research and consulting firm with a special focus on the hosting and cloud segments within the Internet infrastructure market. Jim’s areas of expertise include cloud-based networking, security, and edge compute services. Jim has spoken at numerous industry events such as International Telecoms Week, Capacity North America, CDN World Summit, and Streaming Media West.
  • Build Security, Agility and Cost-Efficiency into your Data Center Strategy
    Build Security, Agility and Cost-Efficiency into your Data Center Strategy Galeal Zino, Founder & President, NetFoundry Recorded: Feb 13 2018 50 mins
    Join this live webinar with Galeal Zino, Founder & President of NetFoundry, on Tuesday, February 13th at 10am PT / 1pm ET as he reviews the top challenges to effective hybrid data center interworking. Learn how to make your networks as agile as the applications they need to support.

    About the presenter:
    Galeal is the President of NetFoundry. NetFoundry believes in enabling edge innovation. NetFoundry frees individuals, apps, groups and businesses from traditional network, telco and hardware constraints, enabling applications and business policies to control underlying networks, with security, compliance, reliability & performance.

    Prior to NetFoundry, Galeal’s roles included President at LocalReplay, VP of Engineering at Teleglobe and VP of Development and Engineering at ITXC. Galeal’s teams helped develop the world’s largest VoIP network, and build global collaboration products. Galeal has been awarded eight patents for the platforms powering those products, and the software still powers the services of many of the world’s top communications providers.

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