Storage Fabric Could be the Next Stage of Digital Storage

January 29, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It’s good to carry things like your driving license, social security number etc. in your wallet, but its even better if we could use all this without carrying them in our wallets. This scenario paved the way for fabric computing.

Fabric computing is a process through which a set of computing nodes and links are connected in such as way that they resemble a fabric when viewed collectively.

Fabric computing is a high-performance computing system that consists of connected storage, networking and parallel processing functions interlinked with each other through high-bandwidth connections.


Fabric computing is also known as unified computing and is related to unified fabric, data center fabric, grid computing and unified data centers. About an year ago, Cisco had announced that it was beginning to offer its 3rd generation of Unified Computing Systems (UCS) enhanced management software and improved performance.

Cisco is using the catchy phrase “fabric computing” to describe their approach to unifying X86-based servers, networking equipment and storage into a single enclosure.

It is clear that the company has improved processing performance, storage I/O performance, networking performance and is offering some very clever management tools that present a unified view of system resources.

According to Ian Foster, director of the Computation Institute at the Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago, ‘grid computing ‘fabrics’ are now poised to become the underpinning for next-generation enterprise IT architectures and can be used by a much greater part of many organizations’.

With all major computing industries moving to the fabric model computing, its safe in assuming that the next level of computing will start off with fabric computing and it will be a viable and sustainable alternative to the current generation cloud computing.

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