Brocade shares were up 10.79% today. I know they posted good results but this is a big leap for one day. I wish I hadn’t sold my shares now! To be fair, I bought at $4 and sold at $8 so I did OK – and it was some time ago.
So does this bode well for the McDATA merge? I hope so. I’ve been working on Cisco and the use of VSANs and I’m struggling to see what real benefit I can get out of them. Example: I could use VSANs to segregate by: Line of Business; Storage Tier; Host Type (Prod/UAT/DEV). Doing this immediately gives me 10’s of combinations. Now the issue is I can only assign a single storage port to one VSAN – so I have to decide; do I want to segment my resources to the extent I can’t use an almost unallocated UAT storage port when I’m desperate for connectivity for production? At the moment I see VSANs as likely to create more fragmentation than anything else. There’s still more thinking to do.
I’d like to hear from anyone who has practical standards for VSANs. It would be good to see what best practice is out there.