Once upon a time there was Ethernet. Every half decade or so, the industry got together and worked out a faster version. Sometimes they didn't totally agree, but a standard emerged at 10x the speed of the previous version. Throw all that out the window: Faster Ethernet is coming, and it's going to be weird! Although it looks like a simple network Channel, Ethernet is … [Read more...] about Faster Ethernet Gets Weird
Update Happily I was able to record both my presentation and The Great Debate with Stu! Although I'm a long-time Fibre Channel user, and certainly not the sort of person who denies the capabilities of that hallowed storage protocol, is it really necessary anymore? On Thursday, October 6, I'll be taking up the challenge and debating Stu Miniman on this very topic as … [Read more...] about Interop NYC and The Great Debate: ISCSI Beats Fibre Channel
My presentation at Interop in Las Vegas on May 11, 2011, focused on the protocols that will underpin converged storage networking in the future. My topic, assigned by network computing editor Mike Fratto, was “FCoE vs. iSCSI - Making the Choice.” Although this sounds like a grand competition between the two protocols, my take on the subject is very far from that idea. Rather … [Read more...] about FCoE vs. iSCSI – Making the Choice
It's never been a better time to be in the market for enterprise storage products, with many excellent options available at affordable prices. But the market can be confusing for the uninitiated, with a variety of network options and capabilities. Even those of us "in the know" about enterprise storage are sometimes surprised by the offerings and companies in this space! So … [Read more...] about Which Small Enterprise Storage Arrays Are Worth Considering?
We may not yet know much about Intel's new Light Peak interconnect technology, but one thing has remained constant: A goal of 10 Gb/s of throughput. Considering that Intel already produces a variety of relatively-inexpensive 10 Gb Ethernet products, it is not a stretch of the imagination that they could apply this technology to Light Peak (even without the light). Note: This … [Read more...] about Infographic: Real-World Port Throughput Relative To Thunderbolt (Formerly Light Peak)