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FCoE Quickie: Using Standard Ethernet Switches


I happened to come across a tweet on Twitter that asked the question: “Can FCoE ‘just work’ on regular Ethernet switches?” The answer to the question, while leading the asker to the right answer (no, you can’t use any old Ethernet switch) was nevertheless inaccurate.  Advertisements

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


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…

FCoE Fact Frustration? Me too.


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’…

FCoE Standards: Taking a Step Back


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…

FCoE: The Birth of the SLAM Admin


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…

Cost Savings with Cables for FCoE


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…

FCoE vs. iSCSI: The Cagefight! – Flexibility


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…

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