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 …

Infosmack Goodness

Just a short post today to promote the Infosmack podcast that I was fortunate enough to be invited to participate. I’ve been a fan of the podcast for a while and when Greg Knierieman asked me to join I was honored and excited. Along with Greg and Marc Farley from 3Par, I was invited along with Doug Hazelman from Veeam. …

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 …

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 …

Re-Examining FCoE and iSCSI Pros and Cons

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 …

Cable Reduction Makes FCoE a Good Thing™

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 …

Nethra’s Answer to FCoE – FastPipe?

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?

Moving to FCoE

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.

Brocade and Cisco agree on FCoE detail

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 …

FCoE, iSCSI, and InfinBand – Oh My!

Over at Etherealmind, Greg Ferro wrote a couple of pieces on FCoE that beg to be responded to. Obviously Mr. Ferro understands a great deal about the storage world, but when it comes to FCoE there are some points that I must disagree with.