"Maximizing Hyper-V iSCSI Performance with Microsoft and Intel" might sound like another "blah blah" marketing piece, but a little birdy tells me that this webcast will drop a bombshell about iSCSI performance. Lots of storage and networking folks don't give iSCSI and Microsoft the credit they deserve. "iSCSI is cheap and easy," they say, "but real performance requires Fibre … [Read more...] about Microsoft and Intel Pushing iSCSI Performance Limits
10 gigabit Ethernet
In case you didn't notice the earth move, I have a wake-up call for you: 10 gigabit Ethernet is here. It's real. It's in use. Last year, we were all wondering when the 10 GbE wave would hit and what impact it would have. That's not worth pondering anymore. Sure, prices remain high, but they're falling fast and many folks are already implementing 10 GbE in their data centers. … [Read more...] about 10 GbE, iSCSI, FCoE, Microsoft, and the Future
Note: Every one of these items has previously been discussed by Microsoft. I can't yet talk about any other storage features I might have seen... iSCSI Quick Connect - No more fumbling through tabs and popups, just enter an IP address and you're connected! Yeah, baby! Wire-speed 10 Gb iSCSI - The software iSCSI initiator can saturate a 10 Gb Ethernet link to a … [Read more...] about 10 Cool Storage Features From the 2009 Microsoft MVP Summit
Today, Brocade announced that it has completed its acquisition of Foundry Networks. This is just the latest move in the strategic game to control the next generation of Ethernet, and possibly all local connectivity, including storage. Although 1 Gb Ethernet, 4 and 8 Gb Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand are all still going strong, the attention of the industry, the pundits, and the … [Read more...] about Who Will Capture the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Crown?
I continue to be amazed by the level of interest I'm seeing in Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and 10 Gb Converged Ethernet among storage people. As I noted after my Charlotte virtualization seminar, end users at the largest enterprises seem to think that FCoE is their future, not just one of several options. But when will 10 Gb and FCoE arrive? Dave Raffo and I discussed … [Read more...] about Storage Folks Are Talking 10-Gig and FCoE