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HPE Aruba Ethernet-based Storage Fabrics Bring Cloud-like Scalability to Data-Driven Applications

By John Gray, Data Center Marketing Lead
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As global data traffic accelerates with no sign of slowing down, continued innovation across network, compute and storage domains is critical to meet this data growth. Not only will the growing number of connected devices increase the demand for data, but multiple megatrends are impacting the data center infrastructure, operations and the networks that power next-generation “centers of data.”

Artificial intelligence (AI), intelligent edge computing, software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), 5G wireless, virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR), and NVMe storage disaggregation are driving the rapid adoption of Ethernet-based storage fabrics from edge to cloud.

The next wave of data center buildout requires 100/200/400GbE data center fabrics to support these emerging workloads and data-driven applications. Storage architectures are quickly evolving to improve performance and bring cloud-like scalability and efficiency to data centers. Ethernet networks are ideal for software-defined storage and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, where multiple servers share captive (SSD/flash-based) storage resources.

Disaggregated storage is a form of scale-out storage, built with some number of storage devices that function as a logical pool of storage that can be allocated to any server on the network over a very high-performance network fabric.

These new storage architectures are quickly evolving to improve performance and bring cloud-like scalability and efficiency to data centers. Ethernet networks are ideal for software-defined storage and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, where multiple servers share captive (SSD/flash-based) storage resources.

Gain Agility and Efficiency with Aruba Ethernet-based Storage Fabrics

With the increased adoption of next-gen servers, server virtualization, flash-based storage, and emerging technologies like NVMe, the existing networking infrastructure could become a bottleneck.

To increase agility, reduce expenses, and realize the full benefits of flash-based architectures, organizations need networks to deliver the performance required by today's server and storage environments. Also, storage networks are becoming increasingly important to application performance, which means they must be easier to administer and manage. By treating the network as a strategic part of a highly virtualized environment, organizations can increase optimization and efficiency even as they rapidly scale their environments.

HPE has long been an industry leader in compute, virtualization, and storage, while Aruba has led in networking. Together, our experience gives us a unique vantage point to help customers support data-driven business strategies with innovative IP/Ethernet storage solutions deliver operational and infrastructure efficiencies that have been previously unavailable.

With Aruba’s latest AOS-CX release, our CX 8325 switch provides an ideal solution for 10/25/100GbE data center, cloud and storage use cases that support top-of-rack server and storage connectivity and scale-out leaf-spine fabric topologies.

These innovative AOS-CX enhancements provide storage-optimization to ensure low-latency AND “lossless” network QoS and connectivity characteristics that storage requires.

Aruba CX 8325

Aruba CX 8325-32C (32 x 100GbE) is shown on the top. Aruba CX 8325 (48 x 25GbE + 8 x 100GbE) is shown on the bottom.

The CX 8325 is SPOCK (Single Point of Connectivity Knowledge) validated as part of HPE’s comprehensive portfolio of servers and storage arrays, which ensure end-to-end solution interoperability validated by HPE Labs. This validation takes guesswork out of SAN design, configuration, deployment, and management – helping to speed deployment and reduce the risk and expertise needed to deploy complex solutions.

While Fibre Channel is still an option for many customers and use cases, Aruba CX switches provide an ideal solution for primary and secondary storage, software-defined storage and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), NAS scale-out solutions, and other use cases.

Aruba Ethernet Storage Fabric Use Cases

Aruba Ethernet Storage Use Cases

Network operators can also seamlessly provision and orchestrate a discrete set of Aruba CX switches as a single networking fabric to simplify operations and accelerate network provisioning, across rack-scale compute and storage infrastructure spanning HPE, VMware, Nutanix and many other environments.

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To learn more about our Aruba data center networking solutions, join us at HPE Discover 2022, the edge-to-cloud conference or visit our data center networking page.

The next wave of data center connectivity requires higher performing 25/100 and 100/400GbE fabrics to support workloads running on more powerful compute and faster storage.

Learn how Aruba can help you modernize your data center with simplified and automated distributed services architectures built around pre-engineer HPE compute, storage, and networking solutions.

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