Before the holidays, I posed a question on Google+ that generated quite a bit of interest and feedback. Now that it has settled down a bit I'd like to summarize the unresolved elements to make FCoE truly a world-class storage interconnect. Setting the Stage FCoE has been a controversial topic in both storage and networking, and for good reason. No one would deny that Ethernet … [Read more...] about Eight Unresolved Questions About FCoE
VMware has one awesome hardware compatibility list. It's not the breadth of it (in fact, ESX's range of hardware support is astonishingly small) but the thorough, public way in which VMware shares this information. It's really worth a look, and I regularly visit the list to see what's changed. But the thoroughness and detail of the VMware HCL can be daunting. It's fairly … [Read more...] about VMware ESX FCoE CNA Compatibility in Plain English
I'll be joining I joined John Troyer's VMware Communities Podcast #44 tomorrow, April 14, and will be leading a segment focused on the changing storage landscape. I'm really looking forward to talking with John and the rest, since this is such a solid, fair, and content-rich podcast series! The podcast is now available on iTunes! Although the topic is an open … [Read more...] about Interested in VMware and Storage? Tune In to the VMware Communities Podcast!
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
This is part of an ongoing series of longer articles I will be posting every Sunday as part of an experiment in offering more in-depth content. There has been a lot of discussion in the storage industry about Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), making it the toast of Storage Networking World, but this technology remains relatively unknown to end users. Like so many storage … [Read more...] about Reality Check: The FCoE Forecast