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Assessing Data Center Networking Architectures for Ethernet-Based Storage

Published: 21 April 2017

ID: G00323175

Analyst(s): Zack Zilakakis

Summary

Ethernet-based storage protocols require the same performance, reliability and robustness as traditional Fibre Channel protocols. This assessment provides the best practices for the technical professional to design and integrate Ethernet-based storage protocols in the data center.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Introduction
  • Ethernet Storage Infrastructures
  • Network Architecture Considerations
    • Data Center Bridging (DCB)
    • Maximum Transmission Unit and Jumbo Frames
  • Physical Network Topology Best Practices
    • Link Speed Impact
    • Buffer Impact
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

The Details

  • Storage Protocol Overview
    • Ethernet-Based Block Access Level Storage Protocols
    • File-Level Storage
    • Software-Defined Storage
    • Other Storage Technologies

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