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Brocade and Evaluator Group’s Really, Really Bad FCoE Study

February 7, 2014 6 comments

It’s been almost four years to the month that I took on Gartner’s horrible anti-FCoE diatribe, and since then I’ve joined Cisco, written a few more blogs, and even gone toe-to-toe with the technology’s largest critic – Brocade. For the most part, the tete-a-tete has been cordial, if a little snarky (just the way I like it!), and generally falls within the general margin for error afforded to marketing excesses.

Something happened this week, however, that brought up the ugly spectre of blatant dishonesty that exposed a disturbing trend of vendor-media collusion that I feel harms people, especially those who would otherwise be the most helped.

For that reason, I’m posting these thoughts here. These are my personal thoughts, and do not reflect those of my employer, my manager, my friends, family, or the direction of the technology I work with (disclosure for those that don’t know me: I’m a Product Manager for Storage working for Cisco – at least at the time of writing this blog!).

So, something snarky this way cometh. Read more…

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FCoE Fact Frustration? Me too.

August 12, 2010 2 comments

Last week, I had a very interesting email conversation with Chris Mellor, storage writer for The Register. As a trade press reporter, Chris has been trying to distill some of the technologies of FCoE for his readers and one of his articles prompted me to write to him and offer some corrections and clarification.

At first I thought that Chris’ article might have simply been a matter of laziness or FUD, but I didn’t want to jump to conclusions about his motives – and I’m glad that I didn’t. In a very thorough email outlining where he got his information I can not only fathom how he came to understand things the way he did, but also empathize with his frustration as a result.

In short, it’s not his fault. At all. He’s frustrated, and quite frankly so am I. Read more…

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FCoE Standards: Taking a Step Back

June 29, 2010 2 comments

While it may seem like I’ve been taking a hiatus from blogging for a while, the truth is that I’ve been working on a number of writing projects related to FCoE. As I mentioned on a recent Infosmack podcast there have been a lot of developments coming out this month and, understandably, there are a lot of people who are trying to figure out what it all means. In the process, there are some people who are trying to talk about FCoE but are muddying the waters horribly.

The main misunderstanding revolves around FCoE standards, because by and large most people have no real clue how they work and what they mean. My goal is to help clear up some of that confusion and give a baseline understanding of standards as they apply to FCoE. Read more…

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FCoE: The Birth of the SLAM Admin

June 4, 2010 7 comments

We have LAN admins. We have Server admins. We have Storage admins. Each with its own culture and methods of doing things. Perhaps the biggest issue surrounding convergence is the need to converge people’s skillsets. I propose that teams that are going to be working together start seeing themselves as a joint SLAM (Storage and Local Area Management) admin, part of an overall SLAM team. Read more…

Cost Savings with Cables for FCoE

May 18, 2010 9 comments

In an earlier post I mentioned that I had crunched some numbers with respect to the kinds of Operating Expense (OpEx) savings were possible with FCoE. Now, I understand the risk involved when trying to discuss costs and possible ROI, since every installation is custom. However, I think that it shouldn’t be too much of a leap to take some of these considerations and apply them to any installation as a benchmark. Plus, I have pretty pictures. Read more…

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FCoE vs. iSCSI: The Cagefight! – Flexibility

March 30, 2010 8 comments

This is the second in a series of posts designed to address some of the questions I’ve posed with respect to FCoE vs. iSCSI, in an attempt to take a detached view towards the pros and cons of each technology as it relates to measuring up in the data center. In this post, we will examine the question of whether iSCSI can provide the same type of traffic flexibility that FCoE can, for the same level of service. Read more…

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FCoE vs. iSCSI: The Cagefight! – Performance

March 24, 2010 19 comments

In a previous post, I posed a series of questions with respect to understanding the nature of FCoE and iSCSI marketplaces. In this post I’m going to address one of those questions:

Is iSCSI fast enough at 10GbE, 40GbE, and 100GbE – even with overhead concerns, to rival the performance and efficiency of FCoE?

[2012.08.09 Update: This has finally been tested and I’ve written an update about the performance of the two protocols on my Cisco Blog] Read more…

Gartner on FCoE. Whoa There, Sparky

March 19, 2010 23 comments

I’m too cheap to shell out the $195 (that’s $20/page!) for the latest Gartner report on FCoE, but there have been enough reports on the report that it’s not difficult to see the gist is consistent with Gartner’s long-running hate-affair with the nascent technology. I’m the first to admit that FCoE isn’t a panacea for the data center’s myriad array of issues, but Gartner seems to be far too willing to play the convenient role of grumpy old man and needs to be placed into some perspective. Read more…

FCoE Killer Sweet Spot: Health Care?

February 6, 2010 1 comment

Recently I was talking to some health care people about what it is that I do, and tried to put it into context that they would understand. The more I started to weave the fabric (pun intended) of what FCoE is and what it could mean in health care terms. The more I spoke the more their heads nodded and agreed. It got me thinking: could hospitals and healthcare really be the sweet spot for FCoE adoption? Read more…

Re-Examining FCoE and iSCSI Pros and Cons

February 5, 2010 10 comments

It should be obvious that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about FCoE over the past 2 years, despite only blogging about it for a couple of months (hey, I’ve been busy!). But someone brought up something recently that makes me second-guess the role that FCoCEE will play in the marketplace in comparison to, say, iSCSI. In particular, with vendors now offering 1 Million IOPS in their NICs, is there enough of an advantage performance-wise? Read more…

Modified FCoE Adoption Curve

February 2, 2010 6 comments

So, David Vellante created an excellent FCoE adoption curve posted on Wikibon today. When the conversation about “how quickly” or “how much” is applied to FCoE, whether it be hype, fact, or perception, I believe that David’s curve is an excellent broad based timeline that can be seen as a great metaphor. However, I think there is a major shift in the curve’s shape that should be included. Sadly, that shape is a slight downturn before we hit the full upswing.

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Cable Reduction Makes FCoE a Good Thing™

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

EMC storage guru Dave Graham did a quick video of the cable clutter in his lab. Great visual as to why cable consolidation and convergence is needed.

Why FCoE Is a Good Thing…
— This is a tongue in cheek video that I took in one of my labs showing why, for no other reason but fabric reduction, that CEE/DCE/FCoE is a valuable thing for ANY IT infrastructure. A couple of things you’ll notice here are:
a.) it’s loud. Sorry about that…this lab is in a thermal chamber and it [...]

Nethra’s Answer to FCoE – FastPipe?

January 15, 2010 1 comment

Okay, so I confess. I hadn’t heard of Nethra either; it’s a semiconductor company focused on delivering imaging and video solutions for broadcast, medical, and surveillance markets. So why did they announce a release of networking and storage products competing directly with FCoE? Read more…

Moving to FCoE

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

The appeal of an all-FCoE data center is obvious. Reduce complexity in the data center, reduce the physical assets, reduce the operating expenses (huge power savings potential), very little learning curve, familiar tools. Pretty soon it starts sounding like a no-brainer. But that isn’t the end of the story; it’s just the beginning.
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Brocade and Cisco agree on FCoE detail

January 4, 2010 1 comment

In the not-so-Wild West of FCoE standards negotiation, the two big switch juggernauts – Cisco and Brocade – agreed to a compromise that will affect the way that traffic moves across networks. The good news is that this was a major obstacle to making FCoE have a chance at becoming a valid contender for networking in the data center. So now we ask, “So what?” Read more…

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