Coraid Presents at Storage Field Day 1

Coraid presented at Storage Tech Field Day 1 on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

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Coraid presented at Storage Tech Field Day 1 on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Watch the presentation below, and follow our SFD1 Links page for reactions and responses from the delegates!

Part 1: Coraid Introduction and Architecture

Video: Coraid Introduction and Architecture

Coraid CEO Kevin Brown introduces the company and its history:
– Founded by Brantley Coyle (Cisco PIX and NAT)
– Coraid’s 10-year history, growth, funding, and management
– Financial value of the Coraid solution

Next, Carl Wright, Executive VP of Sales for Coraid, talks about the product architecture:
– Positioning Coraid in the FC and IP storage market
– Migration of high-end features down from high-end systems
– The Coraid global namespace
– ATA over Ethernet appears as a SCSI controller to hosts
– Simplicity of a connectionless datagram protocol
– LUN configuration is stored on the drives for flexibility and resilience
– Virtual software RAID
– Automation and one-click provisioning

Part 2: Storage Protocols Compared to AoE with Coraid

Video: Storage Protocols Compared to AoE with Coraid

Robert Przykucki (Director, Product Management at Coraid) compares enterprise storage protocols:
– Physical configuration of Coraid arrays
– History of networking and storage
– Protocol stack comparison: AoE, Fibre Channel, FCoE, and iSCSI
– The iSCSI data path: Connection-based and serial
– The AoE data path: Connectionless and parallel

Part 3: Coraid Use Cases and Technology Deep Dive

Video: Coraid Use Cases and Technology Deep Dive

Mark LaRosa (Principal Architect) discusses use cases for the Coraid storage solution:
– Customer story: DLA – Coraid AoE SAN plus ZFS NAS
– Customer story: i-cubed – high-throughput GPFS

Next, Mark and Carl Wright go into greater depth on the Coraid technology:
– Whiteboard demo of Coraid LUN and RAID configuration with a few simple CLI commands
– Mixing drive types in the Coraid environment (SATA, SAS, SSD)
– LUN masking and access control
– How the architecture enables automation and mass-scale

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