Fibre Channel SAN Workloads

Presented by

Barry Maskas, HPE; Nishant Lodha, Marvell; Mark Jones, Broadcom

About this talk

Fibre Channel (FC) SAN workloads are not difficult, but there are several people who do not understand how the workloads line up to appropriate storage protocol and their characteristics. Different workloads have different “Fingerprints,” so to speak. Since FC SANs are block, they work very well with applications that have a lot of transactional data, a lot of random read/write loads, and are particularly good for virtual machine file systems. This webinar will discuss: •I/O fingerprints: I/O block sizes & IOPS requirements for various “FC SAN applications” •An overview of application access patterns, guided by best practices and experience •How FC fulfills these IOPS requirements and how CPU BW is as important as IOPS We will briefly investigate application sensitivity to latency, and show how protocol can affect performance. After you watch, check out the Q&A blog from this session at

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