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
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
Prognostication is a perilous business, but pundits are drawn to the topic in the month of December. The fact that most predictions fall on their faces demonstrates the intoxicating mix of hope, dreams, and irrationality that mark both geniuses and fools. I am neither, so I like to make predictions after the fact! But this year I've been asked to look to the future, so I'll … [Read more...] about Eleven Tech Trends To Watch In 2011
This regular series features highlights from the week. Last week focused on Tech Field Day output, with lots of great writeups resulting from our November event. But there're a few other interesting items included, too! My posts ioSafe SoloPRO Review: Is It The Safest Place For Your Data? 4 Steps To Respond When Social Media Goes Negative Amazon Is Still The Best … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, November 19, 2010
Microsoft is a controversial company, generating a mix of criticism and praise everywhere they are involved. Although I'm definitely a Microsoft skeptic, I've been pleased by much of the work they have done in my field of enterprise storage. Their client-side ("initiator" to us storage folks) work has been especially notable, making me wonder why no other operating system … [Read more...] about Where Is Microsoft’s FCoE Support?