Lots of my IT infrastructure management clients are talking about how the advent of Ethernet/IP and virtualization is changing the roles of storage, server, and network administrators. The evolution of the storage role in particular in enterprise IT organizations has been a topic of particular interest to me for a while: I definitely remember thinking about this as iSCSI and … [Read more...] about Changes in Technology Drive Changes in IT Organizations and Roles
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
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