Tag Archives : FCoE

Storage Basics: When to use SAN v. NAS


This is my answer to a question that came in via Quora: When should a administrator use a storage area network technology and when should he use a network area storage technology? “Network Area Storage” is not a commonly used term. The correct expansion of the NAS acronym is “Network Attached Storage,” which might make the the comparing/constrasting make a…

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Storage Forces


On June 13, I was a guest on The Hot Aisle Podcast, entitled “Fibre Channel is Dead, Right?” with Brian Carpenter and Brent Piatti. It’s by far one of the most in-depth technical conversations I’ve ever had on a podcast, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Brian had read an earlier blog I wrote about The Grand Unification Storage Theory, and…

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Bandwidth, Latency and Throughput, the Star Trek Way


Okay, I know there are a lot of different explanations about how to describe these common components of networks (see, for instance, here, here, here, here, and here), but every once in a while I get a question about whether or not 40G will make things go “faster” in networks (often relating to FCoE and storage in general). Why write another…

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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…

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