March 27, 2015

Why I Am Biased Against FCoE

This Is Storage

I am biased against FCoE because it’s too new to be blithely and broadly recommended for production enterprise use. That’s all. Yes, the standards are standardized and there are products extant. But that’s not enough for me.

Multi-Hop FCoE Is Not Ready For Prime Time (Yet)

This big V8 is a "mild hybrid", delivering some of the benefit and all of the feel-good without changing the world...

I know that a number of FCoE-related standards are settled, and I know that there are products in the market and even some limited multi-vendor compatibility. I even accept that some customers are deploying real “Full Monty FCoE” in production. But I just can’t recommend that technology yet: It’s not prudent, widespread, and low-risk, so I say it’s not ready for prime time.

Eight Unresolved Questions About FCoE

It's not going to be this easy to bridge Fibre Channel and Ethernet!

What elements remain unresolved to make FCoE truly world-class? What should the vendors be prioritizing?