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Fibre Channel Fundamentals

Fibre Channel (FC) is the storage networking protocol for enterprise data centers, with over 11 million ports deployed. Fibre Channel is purpose-built –and engineered to meet the demands for enterprise data centers that require rock solid reliability, high performance and scalability. It can even transport new storage protocols like NVMe natively.

Flexible and resilient, Fibre Channel frames can be encapsulated in both an IP packet (FCIP) as well as a Layer 2 frame (FCoE) and provide unparalleled performance for storage systems. Even so, many people don’t actually understand how it works. This live webcast will help you understand the basics so that you can make informed decisions yourself.

In this “Foundations” webcast, we’ll answer key questions, such as:
- What is Fibre Channel?
- What makes Fibre Channel so reliable?
- How is Fibre Channel different from other storage protocols?
- What are the best practices for designing Fibre Channel solutions?
- And more

If you’re not familiar with Fibre Channel and want to learn more, or if you are interested in learning about how Fibre Channel is purpose-built for storage and future proofed for next-gen NVMe storage arrays, join us at this live event. Our experts will be available to answer your specific questions on the spot.
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  • Dive Deep into NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) Aug 29 2017 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Curt Beckmann, Brocade, Craig Carlson, Cavium, J Metz, Cisco
    As FC-NVMe (NVMe over Fibre Channel) is preparing for it’s official launch, there have been numerous questions about how the technology works, how it gets implemented, and what makes it special when compared to traditional, SCSI-based Fibre Channel.

    When we did our first webinar on FC-NVMe [link], we got lots of questions about more details, more technical aspects, and more thorough explanations. So here we are!

    This presentation is going to be a more thorough analysis of the bits and bytes of FC-NVMe, where you will learn:

    •What are the key differences and similarities between NVMe and SCSI Fibre Channel structures
    •What are the main architectural differences between NVMe and SCSI deployments
    •Impact on Queue Depth
    •How to cross-connect legacy and future flash arrays with FC-NVMe

    Please join us on August 29th for this advanced, deep dive on FC-NVMe.
  • Fibre Channel Fundamentals Recorded: Jun 15 2017 52 mins
    Rupin Mohan, HPE, Earl Apellanes, Brocade
    Fibre Channel (FC) is the storage networking protocol for enterprise data centers, with over 11 million ports deployed. Fibre Channel is purpose-built –and engineered to meet the demands for enterprise data centers that require rock solid reliability, high performance and scalability. It can even transport new storage protocols like NVMe natively.

    Flexible and resilient, Fibre Channel frames can be encapsulated in both an IP packet (FCIP) as well as a Layer 2 frame (FCoE) and provide unparalleled performance for storage systems. Even so, many people don’t actually understand how it works. This live webcast will help you understand the basics so that you can make informed decisions yourself.

    In this “Foundations” webcast, we’ll answer key questions, such as:
    - What is Fibre Channel?
    - What makes Fibre Channel so reliable?
    - How is Fibre Channel different from other storage protocols?
    - What are the best practices for designing Fibre Channel solutions?
    - And more

    If you’re not familiar with Fibre Channel and want to learn more, or if you are interested in learning about how Fibre Channel is purpose-built for storage and future proofed for next-gen NVMe storage arrays, join us at this live event. Our experts will be available to answer your specific questions on the spot.
  • How to Use the Fibre Channel Speedmap Recorded: Apr 6 2017 41 mins
    Dave Alexander, Tony Bourke
    Fibre Channel is the most well known dedicated storage networking protocol in use in data centers today, and is considered the gold standard for storage in terms of availability, reliability, and scalability. However, it does require some specific design and planning requirements. For that, storage administrators use the Fibre Channel Speedmap in order to plan.

    In this webcast, you will learn how to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap, what the numbers mean, and why its useful:

    - Why do storage administrators use the Speedmap?
    - What’s the difference between throughput, bandwidth, baud rates, and speed?
    - Why does this matter for Fibre Channel and not, say, Ethernet?

    This live webcast will be useful for anyone who wants to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to “speeds and feeds,” and make sense of the numbers.
  • Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe Recorded: Feb 16 2017 58 mins
    Craig Carlson, FCIA Board of Directors, Cavium, J Metz, FCIA Board of Directors, Cisco
    NVMe is one of the most interesting new developments to happen to storage in the past several years, and NVMe over Fabrics extends these capabilities over a Storage Area Network. Given that 80% of all existing Flash storage solutions deployed are interconnected with Fibre Channel (FC), many questions have arisen about what it is, how it works, and why someone might want to consider using Fibre Channel for NVMe-based solutions.

    In this technical webinar, we’re going to be addressing some of these fundamental questions:

    - How does Fibre Channel and NVMe work together?
    - How is NVMe over Fabrics different from “traditional” Fibre Channel?
    - What changes do I have to make to my Fibre Channel environment in order to get NVMe over Fabrics to work?
    - What would an NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) architecture look like?
    - What advantages would I get using Fibre Channel in an NVMe solution?

    Check out this live webinar to learn more about this exciting new technology from the people who are developing it.
The Technology Voice of the Fibre Channel Industry
The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is a non-profit international organization whose sole purpose is to act as the independent technology and marketing voice of the Fibre Channel industry. We are committed to helping member organizations promote and position Fibre Channel, and to providing a focal point for Fibre Channel information, standards advocacy, and education.

FCIA members include manufacturers, system integrators, developers, vendors, industry professionals, and end users. Our member-led working groups and committees focus on creating and championing the Fibre Channel technology roadmaps, targeting applications that include data storage, video, networking, and storage area network (SAN) management.

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