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Brocade Fabric Assist Zones

Huh, what did they come up with now??? A new way of zoning? FCoE zones? Is this the opposite of target initiated zoning??

Well, no, actually nothing of such sort. Brocade abandoned FA and QL zoning over a decade ago but so very rarely I run into it. From a FOS configuration perspective these zone still operate but no management application is able to handle it any more.

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Short stroking disk drives to improve performance

Reading a post from┬áHans DeLeenheer (VEEAM) which ramped up quite a bit including responses from Calvin Zito (HP), Alex McDonald (NetApp) and┬áNigel Poulton. The discussion started on a comment that XIO had “special” firmware which improved IO performance. Immediately the term “short-stroking” came up which leads to believe X-IO is cheap-skating on their technologies. I was under the same impression at first right until the moment I saw that Richard Lary is (more or less) the head of tech at X-IO together with Clark Lubbers and Bill Pagano who also come out of the same DEC stable. For those of you who don’t know Richie, he’s the one who ramped up Digital StorageWorks back in the late 70’s/early 80’s and also stood at the cradle of VAX-VMS. (Yeah yeah, I’m getting old, google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about.)

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