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HP BladeSystem delivers investment protection with 16Gb Fibre Channel

chuckk281 on ‎03-25-2014 08:23 AM

HP commissioned Demartek to evaluate the performance of an end-to-end 16Gb Fibre Channel solution. The report demonstrates that HP BladeSystem not only lets customers integrate the latest technologies but also delivers the performance to increase the speed of their business.



The computing industry is experiencing an increasing demand for storage performance and bandwidth due  to increases in virtual machine density, increasing demands for application performance and continual  data growth. Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) carry the bulk of storage traffic in the enterprise  data center and are beginning to feel the stresses of these increased demands.  


 As a result, enterprises are finding themselves constrained by the available bandwidth between the servers  and storage, or foresee a constraint as they observe their growing data consumption patterns. HP provides  an end-to-end Gen 5 (16Gb) Fibre Channel solution with the HP c7000 BladeSystem Enclosure, HP ProLiant  BL460c Gen8 servers, 16GFC HBAs, embedded 16GFC switches and HP MSA 2040 16GFC storage system. This  solution addresses these increasing demands on storage performance by providing double the bandwidth  of previous generation Fibre Channel storage infrastructure.  


 Demartek deployed the complete end-to-end 16GFC solution described above, and ran a read-intensive  data warehouse workload to determine whether this type of workload could take advantage of the  increased bandwidth and performance that Gen 5 Fibre Channel provides. We repeated the database  workload test with previous-generation HP 8Gb Fibre Channel HBA and SAN switch products then  compared the results.




The greatest benefit I got from the report was that customers using 16Gb FC could save a tremendous amount of time when executing data intensive workloads. And in today's economy time equals money.


Get the full report here: Demartek Evaluation of HP BladeSystem and HP MSA 16GFC Storage Report



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