Life of a Storage Packet (Walk)

Presented by

J Metz, R&D Engineer for the Office of the CTO, Cisco; Alex McDonald, SNIA-Ethernet Storage Forum Vice Chair, NetApp

About this talk

When we talk about “Storage” in the context of data centers, it can mean different things to different people. Someone who is developing applications will have a very different perspective than, say, someone who is responsible for managing that data on some form of media. Moreover, someone who is responsible for transporting data from one place to another has their own view that is related to, and yet different from, the previous two. Add in virtualization and layers of abstraction, from file systems to storage protocols, and things can get very confusing very quickly. Pretty soon people don’t even know the right questions to ask! How do applications and workloads get the information? What happens when you need more of it? Or faster access to it? Or move it far away? This webinar will take a step back and look at “storage” with a “big picture” approach, looking at the whole piece and attempt to fill in some of the blanks for you. We’ll be talking about: - Applications and RAM - Servers and Disks - Networks and Storage Types - Storage and Distances - Tools of the Trade/Offs The goal of the webinar is not to make specific recommendations, but equip the viewer with information that helps them ask the relevant questions, as well as get a keener insight to the consequences of storage choices.

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