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
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
Nth Generation Computing has a massive presence in the Southern California IT infrastructure community, and their annual Symposia are on the calendars of most in the area. That's why I'm very pleased to be able to attend and speak at this year's event, and I look forward to seeing my LA-based readers there, too! … [Read more...] about LA Folks: Come to the Nth Generation Symposium!
Like clockwork, VMware has cranked out another update to their flagship enterprise product, ESX 3.5. The last update came out in early November, 2008, and included some major new functionality. What's in store this time to intrigue storage folks? Not much. For more information on earlier updates, see my articles: Storage Fixes in VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update … [Read more...] about Storage Changes in VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4
To hear this week's storage industry news reports, one might think that Wagner's fat lady came to Storage Networking World (SNW), singing her song as the iSCSI world collapses. Storagebod wonders what iSCSI's death will look like. Chris Mellor at The Register says "Game Over" as NetApp, QLogic, Emulex and VMware join EMC and Cisco in singing the praises of Fibre Channel over … [Read more...] about Is the FCoE Starting Pistol Aimed at iSCSI?