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Fibre Channel Zoning Basics

In this back-to-basics Fibre Channel webinar, we’re going to be talking about one of the most fundamental functions of the protocol and what makes it so reliable, predictable and secure: Zoning. The ability to ensure that end devices are able to communicate only with the set of devices explicitly permitted is part of what makes Fibre Channel so powerful. This ability to secure those connections in zones adds built-in security to these connections.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:
What is Zoning
Why you’d want to Zone
The Different Types of Zoning
Zoning Configuration Flow
Consequences of Zoning
Zoneset Activation Flow
Zoning best practices for different types of applications
Advances in Zoning

After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2JSDNSI
Recorded Jun 27 2019 60 mins
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Ed Mazurek, Cisco; John Rodrigues, Broadcom; J Metz, Cisco
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    Ed Mazurek, Cisco; John Rodrigues, Broadcom; J Metz, Cisco
    In this back-to-basics Fibre Channel webinar, we’re going to be talking about one of the most fundamental functions of the protocol and what makes it so reliable, predictable and secure: Zoning. The ability to ensure that end devices are able to communicate only with the set of devices explicitly permitted is part of what makes Fibre Channel so powerful. This ability to secure those connections in zones adds built-in security to these connections.

    In this webinar, you’ll learn:
    What is Zoning
    Why you’d want to Zone
    The Different Types of Zoning
    Zoning Configuration Flow
    Consequences of Zoning
    Zoneset Activation Flow
    Zoning best practices for different types of applications
    Advances in Zoning

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2JSDNSI
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    Flash is really fast, and performance-hungry applications must be able to access it wherever it is located. Luckily, NVMe can take advantage of flash throughout a computer system.

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    Ways to solve such problems include sequence-level error recovery, prioritization for virtualized environments, and improved forward error correction. And – surprise! – all these are already part of the Fibre Channel standard or the emerging FC-NVMe transport protocol.

    Moderator: Mark Jones, Director Technical Marketing and Performance, Broadcom
    Panelists: Craig Carlson, Senior Technologist, Marvell Semiconductor, Rupin Mohan, Director, R&D, Head of Development, Chief Technologist (SAN), HPE, David J. Rodgers, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Teledyne LeCroy PSG, Marcus Thordal, Principal Solution Architect, Broadcom and Dennis Martin, Senior Analyst, Principled Technologies.

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2V0KUMl
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    David Rodgers, Teledyne LeCroy; Yamini Shastry, Viavi Solutions; Joe Kimpler, ATTO
    Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics in the Data Center: Aka, Saving Your SAN (& Sanity)

    The driving force behind adopting new tools and processes in test and measurement practices is the desire to understand, predict, and mitigate the impact of Sick but not Dead (SBND) conditions in datacenter fabrics. The growth and centralization of mission critical datacenter SAN environments has exposed the fact that many small yet seemingly insignificant problems have the potential of becoming large scale and impactful events, unless properly contained or controlled.

    Root cause analysis requirements now encompass all layers of the fabric architecture, and new storage protocols that usurp the traditional network stack (i.e. FCoE, iWARP, NVMe over Fabrics, etc.) for purposes of expedited data delivery place additional analytical demands on the datacenter manager.
    To be sure, all tools have limitations in their effectiveness and areas of coverage, so a well-constructed “collage” of best practices and effective and efficient analysis tools must be developed. To that end, recognizing and reducing the effect of those limitations is essential.

    This webinar will introduce participants to Protocol Analysis tools and how they may be incorporated into the “best practices” application of SAN problem solving. We will review:
    •The protocol of the Phy
    •Use of “in-line” capture tools
    •Benefits of purposeful error injection for developing and supporting today’s high-speed Fibre Channel storage fabrics

    After the webcast, check out the Q&A blog at http://bit.ly/2P0hsqp
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    Barry Maskas, HPE; Tim Sheehan, University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab; David Rodgers, Teledyne LeCroy
    Interoperability is a primary basis for the predictable behavior of a Fibre Channel (FC) SAN. FC interoperability implies standards conformance by definition. Interoperability also implies exchanges between a range of products, or similar products from one or more different suppliers, or even between past and future revisions of the same products. Interoperability may be developed as a special measure between two products, while excluding the rest, and still be standards conformant. When a supplier is forced to adapt its system to a system that is not based on standards, it is not interoperability but rather, only compatibility.

    Every FC hardware and software supplier publishes an interoperability matrix and per product conformance based on having validated conformance, compatibility, and interoperability. There are many dimensions to interoperability, from the physical layer, optics, and cables; to port type and protocol; to server, storage, and switch fabric operating systems versions; standards and feature implementation compatibility; and to use case topologies based on the connectivity protocol (F-port, N-Port, NP-port, E-port, TE-port, D-port).

    In this session we will delve into the many dimensions of FC interoperability, discussing:

    •Standards and conformance
    •Validation of conformance and interoperability
    •FC-NVMe conformance and interoperability
    •Interoperability matrices
    •Multi-generational interoperability
    •Use case examples of interoperability

    After you watch the webcast, check out the FC Interoperability Q&A blog https://fibrechannel.org/a-qa-on-fibre-channel-interoperability/
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    Patty Driever, IBM; Howard Johnson, Broadcom; J Metz, Cisco
    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

    After you watch the webcast, check out the Q&A blog: https://fibrechannel.org/ficon-webcast-qa/
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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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