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Poll: Storage Traffic Separate But Equal


April 21, 2016

Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” But today there is a third inevitability not mentioned: data center transformation. The driving forces of this transformation are simple: security, power, speed and reliability. A vital component in any data center is storage, and in our most recently concluded community poll we asked about YOUR storage network.

When you and your team are burning the midnight oil, furiously white boarding architecture models it is critical to think storage – duh. But, not just storage, should storage traffic be separated or remain on the same network as the rest of your firm’s data? Over 15 percents of respondents believe it is best to leave storage data on the same network as the rest of your data. This is surprising, not that it was by a wide margin the minority view, but that it even received as much support as it did.

Let’s move on to the second component of the question, as nearly 85 percent of respondents view diverting storage traffic to a separate dedicated network is the appropriate approach. This result speaks volumes, as whether its dedicated Ethernet or Fibre Channel, firms are dedicated to delineate data from the rest of the network.

While nearly 40 percent of respondents noted a dedicated Fibre Channel network approach and 46 percent stated a dedicated Ethernet approach, I must ask the question: How many community visitors are leveraging Fibre Channel over Ethernet for storage needs? We welcome comments in the section below the article; help us stand on industry shoulders.

The data center is transforming before our eyes, and as we in the U.S. put the Taxman – and one of those inevitabilities – behind us for another calendar year, it is vital to keep industry trends front of mind. The steps we take today will lay the foundation for greater innovation and development, all with the hopes to quench our insatiable desire for power, speed, security and reliability in the data center.

Don’t forget to take a gander at this month’s poll, and let your voice be heard.




Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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