Category Archives: Brocade

The first law of the Time Lords

Let me share a war story with you (one that I swear is true). In the year 2000 an Ansett passenger jet, loaded with passengers, was preparing to push back from the terminal in Sydney.   But there was a timing … Continue reading

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Murphys Law in Action

A friend of mine recently had a problem while installing a new SAN24B-4 (an IBM 2498B24, which is a rebadged Brocade 300 Fibre Channel switch). The problem was simple:   It was dead. The switch would not power up.  Swapping … Continue reading

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The evolution of IBM SVC connection choices

IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) has offered Fibre Channel Storage Virtualization since June 2003.   Two SVC nodes communicate with each other via fibre channel to form a high availability I/O group.  They then communicate with the storage that they virtualize via Fibre … Continue reading

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Is this the most annoying sticker in IT?

Anyone who reads this blog knows I am a big fan of Brocade SAN switches. But I am reduced to a Friday rant about the crummy sticker they insist on putting over the power inlet when you install them.   … Continue reading

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Brocade Barbie Dolls?

My first ever job was working in the toy department at Target.   Having never played with Barbie Dolls, I was fairly stunned to not only discover how popular they were, but how the clothing sets for Barbie cost way … Continue reading

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Brocade 6510 comparison results – holy cow!

I have always been a big fan of Brocade Fibre Channel switches.  They have been the leader in Fibre Channel technology for quite a few years, leading the way in speed, function, price and low power consumption.  The Brocade 6510 is … Continue reading

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A dual vendor SAN policy?

A couple of years ago I went to a Juniper marketing event in Sydney.   It was a very well run event with lots of good sessions.  They talked about JUNOS, virtual chassis, East-West versus North-South network traffic, their ASICs… … Continue reading

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