FCoE and the Return of Spanning Tree

One of the most amusing parts about Fibre Channel over Ethernet(FCoE) is that Spanning Tree is making a triumphant comeback. And I am talking a Roman style parade after the gates to the city have been built and the streets lined with gold.

iSCSI Network Designs: Part 5 – iSCSI Multipathing, Host Bus Adapters, High Availability and Redundancy

In iSCSI Part 3 – Server Side – iSCSI Host Bus Adapters and IP Performance I looked at how server side issues would affect the traffic generated on a per server basis. I recommended that you use iSCSI HBAs for high intensity servers to meet the high levels of performance.

The next level is evaluate how the server should connect to the network, specifically, this means how many ethernet ports you need, and what configuration is needed to support them to deliver high availability / redundancy and increased bandwidth.

Don’t tell me iSCSI is complicated if Fibrechannel looks like this

I am working my way through the next couple of articles on iSCSI Network Design. Its getting complicated is some ways. I noticed this article todayhttp://vinf.net/2008/04/09/how-does-an-hp-fibre-channel-virtual-connect-module-work/ explaining how Fibrechannel failover work for a HP Fibrechannel Virtual Connect in a blade server chassis. It is all rather confusing, and seemingly no more complex that the iSCSI network design.

iSCSI Network Designs: Part 4 – Fibrechannel integration

Its possible that you would already have some Fibrechannel in your estate. Perhaps the cost of Fibrechannel for some new servers is too much when you calculate the HBA and Fibrechannel switch port costs, or you don’t need the complexity of Fibrechannel for a simple server setup. Lets look at options for connecting to the Fibrechannel nteworks.