After Brocade announced so-called "adaptive networking" for its HBAs earlier this week, at least one inquiring mind was spurred to question a few details of the announcement. Following are the unedited responses we got from Brocade experts via email after passing the queries along:
Question: Does the Brocade HBA have application-specific bandwidth distribution on the FC-3 level?
Brocade director of product marketing Herman Chao: Application-specific bandwidth is maintained across the entire FC stack with Brocade adaptive networking technology that dedicates independent hardware resources through virtual channels to applications.
Question: Do high-end servers produce enough data to fill the 8G I/O pipe?
Chao: Yes, there are high-end servers that can produce enough data to fill an 8G I/O pipe for particular applications, such as video editing or storage back-up transfers from a single server to multiple storage arrays. Consolidation of applications on virtualized servers will also continue to drive performance demands for HBAs.