Another great storage topic was addressed at last week’s TechTuesday chat. Community members and a guest expert shared a lively discussion on network design considerations for Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS Series Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage area networks. In addition to discussion of drill-down topics such as optimum switches, network adapters, and trunking, some shared insights illuminated the recent announcement at VMworld that Dell and Brocade are expanding their partnership. The Dell-Brocade expanded partnership reportedly opens up opportunities for an array of technologies for building a unified fabric in network storage environments. Read the complete transcript to learn more.

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  • September 29 – Close out the TechTuesday chat series for September with experts and community members discussing insights, innovations, and leading-edge technologies and trends from the 2009 Intel Developer Forum (IDF2009) that took place last week (September 22–24) in San Francisco. This discussion will provide compelling information as a follow-up to the event when the TechCenter team recaps highlights gleaned from keynotes, technical sessions, and technology showcases.

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  • “The Brocade announcement is all about the future,” said a guest expert during the September 22 TechTuesday chat. “We see several things happening in the switch space. For those of you that were at Tech Summit, you got some of the overview. The Brocade announcement is all about offering our customers more choices. CNAs, or converged network adapters, is one of the directions that the industry is moving toward. They offer the promise of running multiple protocols on the same network wire.” For more details on the announcement and other network design considerations for storage, take a look at the full transcript.

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