Greg "EtherealMind" Ferro recently "mused" that it might be a good idea to replace PCI Express (PCIe) inside servers or rack-scale infrastructure with Ethernet. But this seems to be the exact opposite of the direction the industry is headed. Rather than replacing PCIe with Ethernet, companies like Intel seem set on replacing short-range Ethernet (in rack-scale systems) with … [Read more...] about Musing: Could We Replace Ethernet With PCIe?
As a rule, I don't participate in contests: There's usually little reward, considering chances of winning. But when Juniper Networks asked me to build a datacenter from Lego bricks, I took a second look. And, seeing that the winner can support a charity of their choice, I felt that this was an excellent opportunity for me to have some fun while doing some good! Update: I won! … [Read more...] about Datacenter History: Through the Ages in Lego
While traveling to London for my Building Virtual Infrastructure seminar, I made a side trip to Bletchley Park, home of British codebreaking efforts during World War II. Greg Ferro and I really enjoyed the day out, and there is much to see at Bletchley Park, as long as you are geeks like us! Since that includes just about everyone who reads this blog, I highly recommend … [Read more...] about My Visit to Bletchley Park
Next week is the third networking-focused Tech Field Day event, and the 14th overall event I've produced. It's amazing to see the growth and interest in Tech Field Day generally, and our networking events specifically. Networking Field Day 3 brings back many familiar faces yet introduces quite a few new ones as well. Returning are Greg Ferro, who helped me organize the … [Read more...] about Networking Field Day 3 – Silicon Valley
This is an exceptionally busy but rewarding week. I'm traveling to the San Jose, CA area for two events I've organized: The OpenFlow Symposium and the second Networking-focused Tech Field Day. I'll be surrounded by some of the smartest and most interesting folks in networking all week, which is both daunting and exciting for a storage guy like me. I invite my readers to follow … [Read more...] about Networking Field Day and OpenFlow Symposium