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Next Generation Networks Need to be More than Fast

The data center network is on the verge of one of its most dramatic upgrades in bandwidth in decades. Virtualized data centers, as well as hyperscale and rack scale environments, are driving the need for higher bandwidth networks. These environments

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Webinar: Faster, Smarter, Simpler – The New Requirements in Storage Networking

IT professionals need a faster, smarter and simpler storage architecture. Organizations drive this need by deploying more diverse and demanding applications and services. Data is the very lifeblood of an increasing number of organizations. The consumers of this data need

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Building Smarter, Simpler Storage Networks – Cisco Storage Networking Briefing Note

Storage architectures are becoming increasingly more complicated. There is more data coming from more applications. There are more users and developers. And there are more operational challenges as IT tries to maximize flash performance across multiple protocols. The storage network

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Real Time SAN Analytics, No TAPs – Virtual Instruments & Cisco Briefing Note

Capturing real time analytics from the storage area network is important to optimizing the network. However, the rapid adoption of flash technology makes it even more critical. The problem is capturing information in real time typically involves using TAPs. A

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Real-time Storage Requires Real-time Analysis

All-Flash arrays enable applications to deliver real-time, instantaneous results to the applications using them. But to make sure those applications are getting the full benefit of the all-flash array requires an infrastructure that is also performing optimally. Real-time analysis is

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ChalkTalk Video: Managing The All-Flash Infrastructure for Optimal Performance

When All-Flash Array vendors report performance benchmarks, they typically generate them in a perfect lab environment. The problem is the real data center adds a lot more variables. There are often multiple storage systems, that connect to a switch infrastructure,

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Data Center Modernization Needs Modernized Servers

Cisco UCS M5 Today’s data center is made up of hypervisors that control and provision compute resources and software that defines and allocates storage capacity. The software defined data center still needs an engine – and that engine is the

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When Will The Storage Performance Bubble Burst – Cisco Briefing Note

Many data centers are experiencing a performance bubble. They have more than they need. The move from high latency hard disk systems to almost zero latent flash arrays delivers dramatic performance in every case. But this bubble will burst and

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Making Sure the Storage Infrastructure Keeps Pace

Cisco Briefing Note Pressure on the storage architecture is compounded by the variety of ways that infrastructure is delivered. Options range from traditional fibre channel storage area networks, to IP storage networks, to bladed systems and to hyperconverged infrastructures. Then,

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ChalkTalk Video: Provisioning Storage Network at Flash Speeds

All-Flash Arrays solve many performance problems that virtual environments face and mitigates the storage I/O blender. The problem is that after these arrays are implemented the time to provision networking resources to the array can take weeks. During operation, provisioning

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