Storage Network Design on the Packet Pushers Podcast

Interested in listening to a handful of networking pros chat on storage network design with unified fabric, FCoE, iSCSI, and NFS? You’re in luck! Have a listen to the latest show from the Packet Pushers Podcast entitled Show 183 – Storage Network Design. It features Ethan Banks, Greg Ferro, J Metz, Russ White, and yours truly in a no-holds-barred discussion around topics such as:

  • Quantifying the buffer size on switches in your network path
  • The use cases and trade offs when using Jumbo Frames
  • Air gap fabrics (isolated switches) versus shared switching infrastructures
  • The use of 10 Gb Ethernet ports and their impact on storage network design
  • Quality of Service (QoS) and Class of Service (CoS) for your storage traffic

I really enjoyed being on the show and try to offer a perspective from the virtualization / server team’s point of view, especially as it relates to the virtual configuration with vSphere. Storage is such a critical component in a data center design – after all, it’s where your data lives – and it’s often the considerations around how to get to/from the storage layer that offers the more valuable improvements to workloads.

Data Center Courses on Pluralsight

If you want to go even further with this topic, I have two courses out on Pluralsight now that cover the Cisco Certified Network Associate – Data Center (CCNA – DC) exams. A third one is being developed as we speak that covers Unified Fabrics, UCS, Fabric Extenders (FEX), the 1000v, and more. Here are links to both of the live courses:

  1. Cisco CCNA Data Center: Intro to Data Center Networking
  2. Cisco CCNA Data Center: Nexus, Advanced Switching & SAN