Fibre Channel Outlook- 2021 and Beyond
Fibre Channel Outlook- 2021 and Beyond
Casey Quillin, Quillin Research
Rupin Mohan, HPE
Craig Carlson, Marvell
Mark Jones, Broadcom

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Gen 7, the newest generation of Fibre Channel, doubles performance to 64GFC with switches and HBAs now available in the market. But what does 2021 hold for the network protocol standard? What impact will NVMe over Fibre Channel have in the datacenter? Tune into this webcast to hear answers to these questions and more.

Founder and principal market analyst Casey Quillin of Quillin Research, will provide his perspective on storage networking trends and will join FCIA experts as they share insights on the continued innovation of Fibre Channel and what datacenter managers can expect in 2021 and beyond.

Attendees will be provided with a link to the latest edition of the 2020 Fibre Channel Solutions Guide, packed with additional technical information to help you navigate the networking landscape.

Join us for a look at:

  • Storage networking trends
  • The features and timing of Fibre Channel technology migration reflected in the Fibre Channel Roadmap
  • The need for standards
  • Fibre Channel security standards
What’s New in FC-NVMe-2?
Craig Carlson, Marvell
Mark Jones, Broadcom
Marcus Thordal, Broadcom

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Why do we need enhanced error recovery? And, how does it work? In this webcast we explore the fact that “bit errors happen” and how that occurs. We also do a deep dive into the mechanism of the enhanced error recovery added to FC-NVMe-2. Join FCIA experts as they guide you through the intricacies of the error recovery that allows FC-NVMe-2 to build on the already reliable Fibre Channel to provide the most reliable NVMe over Fabrics deployment possible.

Data Center Scalability Made Easy with Fibre Channel Services
Data Center Scalability Made Easy with Fibre Channel Services
Barry Maskas- HPE
David Peterson- Broadcom
Kiran Ranabhor- Cisco Systems (Moderator)

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Fibre Channel Services such as the Fabric Login Server, Fabric Controller, and Name Server are used to support management and operation of a Fibre Channel Fabric by providing a method of registering and maintaining devices connected in the network. As the need for additional Fabric Services, such as traffic flow analysis and congestion management have surfaced, Fibre Channel continues to evolve to ensure easy data center scalability.

In this webcast, FCIA experts will provide context to the terminology and dive into Fibre Channel Services, including device and topology discovery, zoning, security, clock synchronization and management. It will also decode some common acronyms like, FC-CT, FC-GS-9, and FC-SW-8.

Join us to learn:

  • What are Fabric Services?
  • Overview of long-standing Fabric Services and what the newer Fabric Services provide
  • What is FC-CT? And how does it relate to Fibre Channel Fabric Services?
  • Fibre Channel Generic Services and Switch Fabric functionality
Is FC-NVMe Ready for Prime Time?
Is FC-NVMe Ready for Prime Time?
Mark Jones, Broadcom
Nishant Lodha, Marvell
Marcus Thordal, Broadcom
Joe Kimpler, Independent Expert

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The T11 specification for NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) was completed in 2018, since that time, the FCIA has held numerous plugfest events and products have been shipping for a few years. So where are we today with NVMe over Fibre Channel solutions?

This webcast will take an early 2020 point-in-time snapshot of where the industry is, discuss products available today, and address common questions around:

  • Which host environments can use FC-NVMe
  • What is required from the fabric
  • Breadth of supporting storage solutions
  • Application benefits we have seen so far
  • FC-NVMe strengths and differentiators


And most importantly, is FC-NVMe ready for prime time?

The Making of Fibre Channel Standards
The Making of Fibre Channel Standards
Barry Maskas- HPE
Joe Kimpler- Independent Industry Expert

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We rely on technical standards for all facets of daily life. Yet it is easy to take technology standards for granted, forgetting that they underpin the technology used every day. As participants in the IT sector it is important for us to learn how standards are developed, why standards matter and how we all benefit from them.

In this webcast, we’ll pull back the curtain on the standard development process, explain what makes something a standard, and decode a few funky common acronyms. You’ll learn:

  • The differences between a standard and a specification
  • Who is INCITS and what’s their role?
  • T11 Fibre Channel standards development process
  • T11 Fibre Channel Standards
  • Current Fibre Channel standards under development
  • Benefits of standards when architecting Fibre Channel solutions
FC SAN Workloads
FC SAN Workloads
Barry Maskas- HPE
Nishant Lodha- Marvell
Mark Jones- Broadcom

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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.

Fibre Channel Scaling
Fibre Channel Scaling
Mark Rogov- Dell EMC
Brandon Hoff- Broadcom
J Metz – Cisco

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One of Fibre Channel’s greatest strengths is its ability to scale to thousands and thousands of nodes, while providing predictable performance. So, when we say that Fibre Channel has unmatched scalability, what does that actually mean? And how does it work?

We often hear about “designed from the ground up,” but in this case it’s actually true. From each individual link, to the overall domain architecture, each step along the way is intended to be approached in a scalable fashion.

In this webinar, we’ll be breaking down the pieces of the puzzle that help give Fibre Channel its robustness when you’re working at fabrics even greater than 10,000 nodes. We’ll be talking about:

•What a deterministic storage network is
•Fabric management principles
•Negotiated credit transfers (buffer-to-buffer credits)
•Network Engineering/Design Principles
•Oversubscription and Fan-In Ratios
•Topologies that help scale
•Domains and Fabric limits
•Consistency of performance at scale

Along the way, we’ll be talking about some of the ways that Fibre Channel differs from other popular storage networks as they approach large-scale environments, and how it handles issues that arise in such cases.

Please join us on November 6th at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET for another educational webinar on Fibre Channel!

Fibre Channel and Security
Fibre Channel and Security
Nishant Lodha – Marvell
Brandon Hoff- Broadcom
J Metz – Cisco

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Fibre Channel has long been known to be a very secure protocol for storage. The sheer variety of environments in which Fibre Channel fabrics are deployed makes it very difficult to simply rely only on physical security.

This webcast takes a deep into the guts of security aspects of Fibre Channel, looking closely at the protocols used to implement security in a Fibre Channel fabric, covering:

  • The definitions of the protocols to authenticate Fibre Channel devices
  • What are the different classes of threats, and what are the mechanisms to protect against them
  • What are session keys and how to set them up
  • How Fibre Channel negotiates these parameters to insure frame-by-frame integrity and confidentiality
  • How Fibre Channel establishes and distributes policies across a fabric
Fibre Channel Zoning Basics
Fibre Channel Zoning Basics
Ed Mazurek – Cisco
John Rodrigues – Brocade
J Metz – Cisco

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In this back-to-basics Fibre Channel webinar, we talk about one of the most fundamental functions of the protocol and what makes it so reliable, predictable and secure: Zoning. The ability to separate and isolate traffic into its own channel, undisturbed by other traffic, is part of what makes Fibre Channel so powerful. The ability to secure those connections in zones adds built-in security to the connections.

In this webinar, you’ll find out:

  • What is Zoning
  • Why you’d want to Zone
  • The Different Types of Zoning
  • Consequences of Zoning
  • Zoning best practices for different types of applications
Protocol Analysis 201 for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
Protocol Analysis 201 for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
Yamini Shastry – Viavi Solutions
David Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy
Joe Kimpler – ATTO Technology

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Q&A Blog – Coming soon

In the FCIA webcast Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics, experts covered the basics on protocol analysis tools and how to incorporate them into the “best practices” application of SAN problem solving. In this 201 lesson our experts return to provide a deeper dive into how to interpret the output and results from the protocol analyzers, discussing:

  • Post-capture analysis – Graphing, Trace reading, Performance metrics
  • Benefits of purposeful error injection
  • Insight into using signal jammers
  • More Layer 2-3 and translation layers debug
  • Link Services and Extended Link Services – LRR Link Ready Rest
FICON 201
FICON 201
Patty Driever – IBM
Howard Johnson – Broadcom
Joe Kimpler – ATTO Technologies

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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.  The FCIA FICON 101 webcast described some of the key characteristics of the mainframe and how FICON satisfies the demands placed on mainframes for reliable and efficient access to data. FCIA experts gave a brief introduction into the layers of architecture (system/device and link) that the FICON protocol bridges.

Using the FICON 101 session as a springboard, our experts dive deeper into the architectural flow of FICON and how it leverages Fibre Channel to be an optimal mainframe transport, discussing:

  • Brief review of FICON 101 concepts
  • How FICON (FC-SB-x) maps onto the Fibre Channel FC-2 layer
  • The evolution of the FICON protocol optimizations
  • How FICON adapts to new technologies
Will You Still Love Me When I Turn 64GFC?
Will You Still Love Me When I Turn 64GFC?
Dean Wallace – Marvell Technology Group
Barry Maskas – HPE

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Fibre Channel’s speed roadmap defines a well-understood technological trend: the need to double the bit rate in the channel without doubling the required bandwidth.

In order to do this, PAM4 (pulse-amplitude modulation, with four levels of pulse modulation), enters the Fibre Channel physical layer picture. With the use of four signal levels instead of two, and with each signal level corresponding to a two-bit symbol, the standards define 64GFC operation while maintaining backward compatibility with 32GFC and 16GFC.

This advanced technical session will cover the T11 standards which define 64GFC serial Fibre Channel, backwards speed auto-negotiation compatibility, and compatible form factors:

•New physical layer and specification challenges for PAM4, which includes eye openings, crosstalk sensitivity, and new test methodologies and parameters
•Transceivers, their form factors, and how 64GFC maintains backward compatibility with multi-mode fibre cable deployments in the data center, including distance specifications
•Discussion of protocol changes, and an overview of backward-compatible link speed and forward error correction (FEC) negotiation
•The FCIA’s Fibre Channel speed roadmap and evolution, and new technologies under consideration

Expand the Power of Flash with FC-NVMe
Expand the Power of Flash with FC-NVMe
Mark Jones – Broadcom
Craig Carlson – Marvell Semiconductor
Rupin Mohan – HPE
David Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy
Marcus Thordal – Broadcom
Dennis Martin – Principled Technologies

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Q&A Blog here!

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. 

However, accessing flash over a network can introduce problems which designers must solve. Accesses can take much longer than local flash, latency can rise significantly, networking issues can raise their ugly heads, and performance can vary greatly depending on network load and competition for resources.

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.

Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
David Rodgers – FCIA and Teledyne LeCroy
Yamini Shastry – Viavi Solutions
Joseph Kimpler – ATTO Technologies

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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 webcast introduces 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

Learn how you can save your SAN (and your sanity!)

Fibre Channel Interoperability
Fibre Channel Interoperability
Barry Maskas – HPE
Tim Sheehan – University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab
David Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy

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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.

In this webcast, FCIA experts 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
FICON 101
FICON 101
Patty Driever – IBM
Howard Johnson – Broadcom Limited

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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 datacenters for mission-critical workloads?

In this webcast you’ll learn:

  • The world of the mainframe
  • The characteristics of mainframe I/O and FICON architecture
  • Key features and benefits of FICON
Fibre Channel Cabling
Fibre Channel Cabling
Mark Jones – Broadcom Limited
Greg McSorley – Amphenol Corporation
Zach Nason – Data Center Systems

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Looking for more cost-effective ways to implement fibre channel cabling? At this webcast you will learn why proper cabling is important and how it fits into data center designs. 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
  • Data center infrastructure layout examples
Fibre Channel Performance: Congestion, Slow Drain, and Over-Utilization, Oh My!
Fibre Channel Performance: Congestion, Slow Drain, and Over-Utilization, Oh My!
Ed Mazurek – Cisco
Earl Apellanes – Broadcom
David J. Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy

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Today’s Fibre Channel SANs are tasked with reliably delivering huge amounts of data with almost zero latency in an environment with a large variance of end device capabilities. Fibre Channel is a lossless network protocol, but what are the ramifications? What is considered a good SAN design and what are best practices? What situations can lead to suboptimal performance? How can a device that is not performing well affect the performance of devices even on different parts of the SAN? Can a device that is returning credits without delay affect the SAN just like a device that is returning credits slowly? This webcast provides the answers to these questions and more. For answers, join the FCIA on February 6th for our live webcast.

FCIP (Extension): Data Protection and Business Continuity
FCIP (Extension): Data Protection and Business Continuity
Mark Detrick – Brocade/Broadcom
Rupin Mohan – HPE

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Disaster may strike anywhere and occurs in many shapes and sizes. Transporting data over significant distance beyond the reach of a threatening event preserves data so organizations can rapidly recover in the event of a site going down.

This makes deploying a disaster recovery infrastructure between data centers with fast, continuous, and easy replication of mission-critical data to anywhere in the world essential. Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP), often referred to as “Extension,” is used to connect SANs across distance using IP networks. FCIP is commonly used for Remote Data Replication (RDR) between Enterprise Storage Arrays and Remote Tape applications, for the purpose of Business Continuance via Disaster Recovery (BC/DR). This webcast covers best known methods for deployment with extension architectures, extension in routed topologies, and performance optimization for remote replication.

Understanding Long-Distance Fibre Channel
Understanding Long-Distance Fibre Channel
J Metz – Cisco
Mark Allen – Cisco

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As people learn more about Fibre Channel and are curious about NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe), questions arise around how storage solutions are going to be affected by the new technology. Perhaps the least understood aspect of storage networks involves distance solutions. In this webcast, FCIA experts highlight Fibre Channel long distance use cases and answer the most common questions to help viewers better understand and plan for distance solutions using Fibre Channel.

Dive Deep into NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe)
Dive Deep into NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe)
Curt Beckmann – Brocade
Craig Carlson – Cavium
J Metz – Cisco

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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. This webcast is an advanced, deep dive of the bits and bytes of FC-NVMe.

Fibre Channel Fundamentals
Fibre Channel Fundamentals
Rupin Mohan – HPE
Earl Apellanes – Brocade

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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. This webcast explains how FC provides unparalleled performance for storage systems.

How to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap
How to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap
Tony Bourke
Dave Alexander
J Metz

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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. Watch this on-demand webcast to learn how to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap, what the numbers mean, and why it’s useful.

Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe: The Best of Both Worlds
Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe: The Best of Both Worlds
J Metz – FCIA Board of Directors, Cisco
Craig Carlson – FCIA Board of Directors, Cavium

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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, 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.  Watch this on-demand webcast to learn more about this exciting new technology from the people who are developing it.

FICON 201
FICON 201
Patty Driever – IBM
Howard Johnson – Broadcom
Joe Kimpler – ATTO Technologies

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Q&A Blog – Coming soon

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.  The FCIA FICON 101 webcast described some of the key characteristics of the mainframe and how FICON satisfies the demands placed on mainframes for reliable and efficient access to data. FCIA experts gave a brief introduction into the layers of architecture (system/device and link) that the FICON protocol bridges.

Using the FICON 101 session as a springboard, our experts dive deeper into the architectural flow of FICON and how it leverages Fibre Channel to be an optimal mainframe transport, discussing:

  • Brief review of FICON 101 concepts
  • How FICON (FC-SB-x) maps onto the Fibre Channel FC-2 layer
  • The evolution of the FICON protocol optimizations
  • How FICON adapts to new technologies
Will You Still Love Me When I Turn 64GFC?
Will You Still Love Me When I Turn 64GFC?
Dean Wallace – Marvell Technology Group
Barry Maskas – HPE

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
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Click here for the Q&A Blog

Fibre Channel’s speed roadmap defines a well-understood technological trend: the need to double the bit rate in the channel without doubling the required bandwidth.

In order to do this, PAM4 (pulse-amplitude modulation, with four levels of pulse modulation), enters the Fibre Channel physical layer picture. With the use of four signal levels instead of two, and with each signal level corresponding to a two-bit symbol, the standards define 64GFC operation while maintaining backward compatibility with 32GFC and 16GFC.

This advanced technical session will cover the T11 standards which define 64GFC serial Fibre Channel, backwards speed auto-negotiation compatibility, and compatible form factors:

•New physical layer and specification challenges for PAM4, which includes eye openings, crosstalk sensitivity, and new test methodologies and parameters
•Transceivers, their form factors, and how 64GFC maintains backward compatibility with multi-mode fibre cable deployments in the data center, including distance specifications
•Discussion of protocol changes, and an overview of backward-compatible link speed and forward error correction (FEC) negotiation
•The FCIA’s Fibre Channel speed roadmap and evolution, and new technologies under consideration

Expand the Power of Flash with FC-NVMe
Expand the Power of Flash with FC-NVMe
Mark Jones – Broadcom
Craig Carlson – Marvell Semiconductor
Rupin Mohan – HPE
David Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy
Marcus Thordal – Broadcom
Dennis Martin – Principled Technologies

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
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Q&A Blog here!

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. 

However, accessing flash over a network can introduce problems which designers must solve. Accesses can take much longer than local flash, latency can rise significantly, networking issues can raise their ugly heads, and performance can vary greatly depending on network load and competition for resources.

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.

Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
David Rodgers – FCIA and Teledyne LeCroy
Yamini Shastry – Viavi Solutions
Joseph Kimpler – ATTO Technologies

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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 webcast introduces 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

Learn how you can save your SAN (and your sanity!)

Fibre Channel Interoperability
Fibre Channel Interoperability
Barry Maskas – HPE
Tim Sheehan – University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab
David Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
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Click here for the Q&A Blog

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.

In this webcast, FCIA experts 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
FICON 101
FICON 101
Patty Driever – IBM
Howard Johnson – Broadcom Limited

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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 datacenters for mission-critical workloads?

In this webcast you’ll learn:

  • The world of the mainframe
  • The characteristics of mainframe I/O and FICON architecture
  • Key features and benefits of FICON
Fibre Channel Cabling
Fibre Channel Cabling
Mark Jones – Broadcom Limited
Greg McSorley – Amphenol Corporation
Zach Nason – Data Center Systems

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Looking for more cost-effective ways to implement fibre channel cabling? At this webcast you will learn why proper cabling is important and how it fits into data center designs. 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
  • Data center infrastructure layout examples
Fibre Channel Performance: Congestion, Slow Drain, and Over-Utilization, Oh My!
Fibre Channel Performance: Congestion, Slow Drain, and Over-Utilization, Oh My!
Ed Mazurek – Cisco
Earl Apellanes – Broadcom
David J. Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
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Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

Today’s Fibre Channel SANs are tasked with reliably delivering huge amounts of data with almost zero latency in an environment with a large variance of end device capabilities. Fibre Channel is a lossless network protocol, but what are the ramifications? What is considered a good SAN design and what are best practices? What situations can lead to suboptimal performance? How can a device that is not performing well affect the performance of devices even on different parts of the SAN? Can a device that is returning credits without delay affect the SAN just like a device that is returning credits slowly? This webcast provides the answers to these questions and more. For answers, join the FCIA on February 6th for our live webcast.

FCIP (Extension): Data Protection and Business Continuity
FCIP (Extension): Data Protection and Business Continuity
Mark Detrick – Brocade/Broadcom
Rupin Mohan – HPE

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Disaster may strike anywhere and occurs in many shapes and sizes. Transporting data over significant distance beyond the reach of a threatening event preserves data so organizations can rapidly recover in the event of a site going down.

This makes deploying a disaster recovery infrastructure between data centers with fast, continuous, and easy replication of mission-critical data to anywhere in the world essential. Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP), often referred to as “Extension,” is used to connect SANs across distance using IP networks. FCIP is commonly used for Remote Data Replication (RDR) between Enterprise Storage Arrays and Remote Tape applications, for the purpose of Business Continuance via Disaster Recovery (BC/DR). This webcast covers best known methods for deployment with extension architectures, extension in routed topologies, and performance optimization for remote replication.

Understanding Long-Distance Fibre Channel
Understanding Long-Distance Fibre Channel
J Metz – Cisco
Mark Allen – Cisco

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As people learn more about Fibre Channel and are curious about NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe), questions arise around how storage solutions are going to be affected by the new technology. Perhaps the least understood aspect of storage networks involves distance solutions. In this webcast, FCIA experts highlight Fibre Channel long distance use cases and answer the most common questions to help viewers better understand and plan for distance solutions using Fibre Channel.

Dive Deep into NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe)
Dive Deep into NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe)
Curt Beckmann – Brocade
Craig Carlson – Cavium
J Metz – Cisco

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Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

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. This webcast is an advanced, deep dive of the bits and bytes of FC-NVMe.

Fibre Channel Fundamentals
Fibre Channel Fundamentals
Rupin Mohan – HPE
Earl Apellanes – Brocade

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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. This webcast explains how FC provides unparalleled performance for storage systems.

How to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap
How to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap
Tony Bourke
Dave Alexande
J Metz

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
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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. Watch this on-demand webcast to learn how to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap, what the numbers mean, and why its useful.

Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe: The Best of Both Worlds
Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe: The Best of Both Worlds
J Metz – FCIA Board of Directors, Cisco
Craig Carlson – FCIA Board of Directors, Cavium

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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, 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.  Watch this on-demand webcast to learn more about this exciting new technology from the people who are developing it.

FICON 201
FICON 201
Patty Driever – IBM
Howard Johnson – Broadcom
Joe Kimpler – ATTO Technologies

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Q&A Blog – Coming soon

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.  The FCIA FICON 101 webcast described some of the key characteristics of the mainframe and how FICON satisfies the demands placed on mainframes for reliable and efficient access to data. FCIA experts gave a brief introduction into the layers of architecture (system/device and link) that the FICON protocol bridges.

Using the FICON 101 session as a springboard, our experts dive deeper into the architectural flow of FICON and how it leverages Fibre Channel to be an optimal mainframe transport, discussing:

  • Brief review of FICON 101 concepts
  • How FICON (FC-SB-x) maps onto the Fibre Channel FC-2 layer
  • The evolution of the FICON protocol optimizations
  • How FICON adapts to new technologies
Will You Still Love Me When I Turn 64GFC?
Will You Still Love Me When I Turn 64GFC?
Dean Wallace – Marvell Technology Group
Barry Maskas – HPE

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Fibre Channel’s speed roadmap defines a well-understood technological trend: the need to double the bit rate in the channel without doubling the required bandwidth.

In order to do this, PAM4 (pulse-amplitude modulation, with four levels of pulse modulation), enters the Fibre Channel physical layer picture. With the use of four signal levels instead of two, and with each signal level corresponding to a two-bit symbol, the standards define 64GFC operation while maintaining backward compatibility with 32GFC and 16GFC.

This advanced technical session will cover the T11 standards which define 64GFC serial Fibre Channel, backwards speed auto-negotiation compatibility, and compatible form factors:

•New physical layer and specification challenges for PAM4, which includes eye openings, crosstalk sensitivity, and new test methodologies and parameters
•Transceivers, their form factors, and how 64GFC maintains backward compatibility with multi-mode fibre cable deployments in the data center, including distance specifications
•Discussion of protocol changes, and an overview of backward-compatible link speed and forward error correction (FEC) negotiation
•The FCIA’s Fibre Channel speed roadmap and evolution, and new technologies under consideration

Expand the Power of Flash with FC-NVMe
Expand the Power of Flash with FC-NVMe
Mark Jones – Broadcom
Craig Carlson – Marvell Semiconductor
Rupin Mohan – HPE
David Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy
Marcus Thordal – Broadcom
Dennis Martin – Principled Technologies

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Q&A Blog here!

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. 

However, accessing flash over a network can introduce problems which designers must solve. Accesses can take much longer than local flash, latency can rise significantly, networking issues can raise their ugly heads, and performance can vary greatly depending on network load and competition for resources.

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.

Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
David Rodgers – FCIA and Teledyne LeCroy
Yamini Shastry – Viavi Solutions
Joseph Kimpler – ATTO Technologies

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Click here for the Q&A Blog

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 webcast introduces 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

Learn how you can save your SAN (and your sanity!)

Fibre Channel Interoperability
Fibre Channel Interoperability
Barry Maskas – HPE
Tim Sheehan – University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab
David Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy

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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.

In this webcast, FCIA experts 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
FICON 101
FICON 101
Patty Driever – IBM
Howard Johnson – Broadcom Limited

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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 datacenters for mission-critical workloads?

In this webcast you’ll learn:

  • The world of the mainframe
  • The characteristics of mainframe I/O and FICON architecture
  • Key features and benefits of FICON
Fibre Channel Cabling
Fibre Channel Cabling
Mark Jones – Broadcom Limited
Greg McSorley – Amphenol Corporation
Zach Nason – Data Center Systems

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Click here for the Questions & Answers blog

Looking for more cost-effective ways to implement fibre channel cabling? At this webcast you will learn why proper cabling is important and how it fits into data center designs. 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
  • Data center infrastructure layout examples
Fibre Channel Performance: Congestion, Slow Drain, and Over-Utilization, Oh My!
Fibre Channel Performance: Congestion, Slow Drain, and Over-Utilization, Oh My!
Ed Mazurek – Cisco
Earl Apellanes – Broadcom
David J. Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
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Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

Today’s Fibre Channel SANs are tasked with reliably delivering huge amounts of data with almost zero latency in an environment with a large variance of end device capabilities. Fibre Channel is a lossless network protocol, but what are the ramifications? What is considered a good SAN design and what are best practices? What situations can lead to suboptimal performance? How can a device that is not performing well affect the performance of devices even on different parts of the SAN? Can a device that is returning credits without delay affect the SAN just like a device that is returning credits slowly? This webcast provides the answers to these questions and more. For answers, join the FCIA on February 6th for our live webcast.

FCIP (Extension): Data Protection and Business Continuity
FCIP (Extension): Data Protection and Business Continuity
Mark Detrick – Brocade/Broadcom
Rupin Mohan – HPE

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

Disaster may strike anywhere and occurs in many shapes and sizes. Transporting data over significant distance beyond the reach of a threatening event preserves data so organizations can rapidly recover in the event of a site going down.

This makes deploying a disaster recovery infrastructure between data centers with fast, continuous, and easy replication of mission-critical data to anywhere in the world essential. Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP), often referred to as “Extension,” is used to connect SANs across distance using IP networks. FCIP is commonly used for Remote Data Replication (RDR) between Enterprise Storage Arrays and Remote Tape applications, for the purpose of Business Continuance via Disaster Recovery (BC/DR). This webcast covers best known methods for deployment with extension architectures, extension in routed topologies, and performance optimization for remote replication.

Understanding Long-Distance Fibre Channel
Understanding Long-Distance Fibre Channel
J Metz – Cisco
Mark Allen – Cisco

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As people learn more about Fibre Channel and are curious about NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe), questions arise around how storage solutions are going to be affected by the new technology. Perhaps the least understood aspect of storage networks involves distance solutions. In this webcast, FCIA experts highlight Fibre Channel long distance use cases and answer the most common questions to help viewers better understand and plan for distance solutions using Fibre Channel.

Dive Deep into NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe)
Dive Deep into NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe)
Curt Beckmann – Brocade
Craig Carlson – Cavium
J Metz – Cisco

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

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. This webcast is an advanced, deep dive of the bits and bytes of FC-NVMe.

Fibre Channel Fundamentals
Fibre Channel Fundamentals
Rupin Mohan – HPE
Earl Apellanes – Brocade

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

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. This webcast explains how FC provides unparalleled performance for storage systems.

How to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap
How to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap
Tony Bourke
Dave Alexande
J Metz

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar

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. Watch this on-demand webcast to learn how to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap, what the numbers mean, and why its useful.

Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe: The Best of Both Worlds
Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe: The Best of Both Worlds
J Metz – FCIA Board of Directors, Cisco
Craig Carlson – FCIA Board of Directors, Cavium

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

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, 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.  Watch this on-demand webcast to learn more about this exciting new technology from the people who are developing it.

Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics
David Rodgers – FCIA and Teledyne LeCroy
Yamini Shastry – Viavi Solutions
Joseph Kimpler – ATTO Technologies

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here to for the Q&A Blog

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 webcast introduces 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

Learn how you can save your SAN (and your sanity!)

Fibre Channel Interoperability
Fibre Channel Interoperability
Barry Maskas – HPE
Tim Sheehan – University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab
David Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here for the Q&A Blog

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.

In this webcast, FCIA experts 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
FICON 101
FICON 101
Patty Driever – IBM
Howard Johnson – Broadcom Limited

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here for the Q&A Blog

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 datacenters for mission-critical workloads?

In this webcast you’ll learn:

  • The world of the mainframe
  • The characteristics of mainframe I/O and FICON architecture
  • Key features and benefits of FICON
Fibre Channel Cabling
Fibre Channel Cabling
Mark Jones – Broadcom Limited
Greg McSorley – Amphenol Corporation
Zach Nason – Data Center Systems

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here for the Questions & Answers blog

Looking for more cost-effective ways to implement fibre channel cabling? At this webcast you will learn why proper cabling is important and how it fits into data center designs. 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
  • Data center infrastructure layout examples
Fibre Channel Performance: Congestion, Slow Drain, and Over-Utilization, Oh My!
Fibre Channel Performance: Congestion, Slow Drain, and Over-Utilization, Oh My!
Ed Mazurek – Cisco
Earl Apellanes – Broadcom
David J. Rodgers – Teledyne LeCroy

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

Today’s Fibre Channel SANs are tasked with reliably delivering huge amounts of data with almost zero latency in an environment with a large variance of end device capabilities. Fibre Channel is a lossless network protocol, but what are the ramifications? What is considered a good SAN design and what are best practices? What situations can lead to suboptimal performance? How can a device that is not performing well affect the performance of devices even on different parts of the SAN? Can a device that is returning credits without delay affect the SAN just like a device that is returning credits slowly? This webcast provides the answers to these questions and more. For answers, join the FCIA on February 6th for our live webcast.

FCIP (Extension): Data Protection and Business Continuity
FCIP (Extension): Data Protection and Business Continuity
Mark Detrick – Brocade/Broadcom
Rupin Mohan – HPE

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

Disaster may strike anywhere and occurs in many shapes and sizes. Transporting data over significant distance beyond the reach of a threatening event preserves data so organizations can rapidly recover in the event of a site going down.

This makes deploying a disaster recovery infrastructure between data centers with fast, continuous, and easy replication of mission-critical data to anywhere in the world essential. Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP), often referred to as “Extension,” is used to connect SANs across distance using IP networks. FCIP is commonly used for Remote Data Replication (RDR) between Enterprise Storage Arrays and Remote Tape applications, for the purpose of Business Continuance via Disaster Recovery (BC/DR). This webcast covers best known methods for deployment with extension architectures, extension in routed topologies, and performance optimization for remote replication.

Understanding Long-Distance Fibre Channel
Understanding Long-Distance Fibre Channel
J Metz – Cisco
Mark Allen – Cisco

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar

As people learn more about Fibre Channel and are curious about NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe), questions arise around how storage solutions are going to be affected by the new technology. Perhaps the least understood aspect of storage networks involves distance solutions. In this webcast, FCIA experts highlight Fibre Channel long distance use cases and answer the most common questions to help viewers better understand and plan for distance solutions using Fibre Channel.

Dive Deep into NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe)
Dive Deep into NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe)
Curt Beckmann – Brocade
Craig Carlson – Cavium
J Metz – Cisco

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

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. This webcast is an advanced, deep dive of the bits and bytes of FC-NVMe.

Fibre Channel Fundamentals
Fibre Channel Fundamentals
Rupin Mohan – HPE
Earl Apellanes – Brocade

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

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. This webcast explains how FC provides unparalleled performance for storage systems.

How to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap
How to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap
Tony Bourke
Dave Alexande
J Metz

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar

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. Watch this on-demand webcast to learn how to use the Fibre Channel Speedmap, what the numbers mean, and why its useful.

Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe: The Best of Both Worlds
Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe: The Best of Both Worlds
J Metz – FCIA Board of Directors, Cisco
Craig Carlson – FCIA Board of Directors, Cavium

Click here to download a PDF of the webcast slides
Click here to view the webinar
Click here to view the Questions & Answers blog

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, 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.  Watch this on-demand webcast to learn more about this exciting new technology from the people who are developing it.