Storage Fabric Lifecycles: An Overview

by dave on December 12, 2008

Continuing the thread of explaining the roles of storage fabrics that we’ve come to know and love (FCoE, Infiniband, 10GbE iSCSI, etc.), @rjhintz asked the following question:

What’s the expected technical life of a storage fabric install today before it’s upgraded to a new generation or forklifted out?

There are a few significant events that precipitate storage fabric changes:  the acquisition of technology that requires the change and CapEx/OpEx spend/reduction/allocations. That isn’t to say that incentivized fabric overhaul offerings don’t make any impact, but rather they’re the exception versus the rule.  Additionally, there are other factors that feed into infrastructure overhauls but are beyond the scope of this general discussion.  Let’s look at each of these metrics more closely.

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