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Fibre Channel Analyzer Training

A Fibre Channel Analyzer Training webinar has been scheduled for December 1, 2010 at 1PM Pacific time, and it is free to attend by registering before the start of the webinar.  You can get all of the details at the link below.

Fibre Channel Analyzers and Techniques for Using Them

I’m putting this post up because almost everyone in the SAN Analysis world has been “stuck” using the same brands of expensive FC Analyzers for years, and its time to look at an alternative that works just a well (or perhaps better) and costs much less than the big name systems.

Now I understand being educated, trained, and having used a particular piece of equipment for years, and I know what its like to “become comfortable” with a particular system.  But every now and then it’s good to see what the other guys have come up with.

Here are a few quotes from the site:

“You will be introduced to the challenges of analyzing 8Gb Fibre Channel technology and given practical techniques on how to capture and analyze Fibre Channel traces. When it comes to Fibre Channel analysis, a limited number of tools are available to perform the important function of debugging and analyzing your designs.  … Today, the industry has a new player who has built an excellent tool that not only matches the capabilities of any current products, but adds advanced capabilities such as auto speed negotiation, increased buffer capture capabilities, advanced search functions, and other advanced features that will make your job easier.”

Register before the start date and please mention that you were referred from  Here is that link again:

Fibre Channel Analyzers and Techniques for Using Them

Please feel free to leave a comment or any questions you may have.

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Testing FCoE Designs Training

The Testing Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Designs webinar series has been re-released by Solution Technology on their website.

This series of webinars was recorded in late 2009, and has been made available again at no cost to students.  All you have to do is register for each of the 1 hour training sessions – with a valid email address – and have a video player that supports .wmv (Windows Media Video).

I recommend getting one video each week so that you can absorb the content of each session.  The content of each session is outlined below.

Part 1: What is FCoE?

* Today’s Data Center: 3 Application Classes, 3 Networks
* Tomorrow’s Data Center: A Single Converged Ethernet
* FCoE: Fibre Channel Encapsulation
* Fibre Channel and FCoE Status
* FCoE Deployment Scenarios

Part 2: FCoE Technology Overview

* FCoE Encapsulation
* FCoE Implementation Approaches
* FCoE Protocols

Part 3: FCoE Architecture Models

* Opening & Recap of Previous Segments
* Fibre Channel and FCoE Architecture Models

Part 4: FCoE Testing and Verification

* Opening & Recap of Previous Segments
* Testing and Verification Challenges
- Design Verification Testing: Stress Testing, Forced Error Testing
- Demonstration of SANBlaze Virtual LUN

Part 5: Initiator and Target Emulation

* Opening & Recap of Previous Segments
* Design Verification Testing
- Initiator Emulation, Target Emulation, VLAN Testing
* Stress Testing
- Multiple Initiator Emulation, Multiple Target Emulation
* Forced Error Testing

To check out the webinar sessions, click the link below, and don’t forget to select the item where they ask how you heard about the webinars.

Testing FCoE Designs Seminar Series <-CLICK HERE

Please feel free to leave any comments about the series here.

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Solution Technology

Solution Technology is the main place I have worked for over the past 15+ years.  It has been a great experience and I feel that I have met and worked with the “best of the best” in the SAN training industry, so I thought I should let you know a little about them.

They are actually a relatively small group of dedicated folks that have the talent to pass on technical information in a way that is easy to understand, at least if you have worked in the computer or storage industry at all.  They pride themselves on developing technical documents (books & reference materials) and presenting very detailed information in a way that can be understood.

One of the best parts of most of the classes, at least in my opinion, are the protocol analyzer traces that show the actual operation of the interface.  This does get into the nuts & bolts of how a system works, but for a person that needs this kind of detail, it is really great.

A few of the SAN courses (such as the iSCSI course) include hands-on lab exercises, where you can build, configure, and analyze how the system works.  This involves installing either hardware or software (or both) components and then performing the actual steps to make it work.  The best part of these classes, at least for me, is when something does not work and you have to use the tools you have available to figure out what is happening and make it function properly.  Of course this means that you would have been given enough information about how the system is supposed to work, and how to use the tools, and these exercises help reinforce the concepts covered during the course by actually doing all these things yourself.

There is also a dedicated office staff at Solution Technology.  They do their job so well that most of the time you are not even aware of them.  This includes everything from scheduling the classes, both on-site and at the customer site, handling and shipping of materials (books and such), and handling “paperwork” (the backbone of most businesses), etc.

This may all sound relatively simple, but once you have seen how things can be “overlooked” or forgotten, as I have seen when other companies are trying to do these things, then you really start to appreciate the skills and talents of all involved there.

I am proud to have worked with everyone here.

Solution Technology Office

Solution Technology - Ben Lomond, CA

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