FCoE

Moving a Fabric forward: FCoE Adoption and other Questions

December 9, 2008

It’s always exciting to me to see the chatter around a new standard or new “way” of doing storage. Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) has certainly had it’s share of chatter as well as the inherent criticisms from detractors. There have also been questions regarding the inevitable overlap with other technologies like iSCSI […]

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Quick FCoE config overview…

November 19, 2008

Here’s a quick and dirty overview of a FCoE implementation using the Cisco Nexus 5020 alongside legacy Cisco 9222i’s and Catalyst 6500 series FC and IP switches (respectively).
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Yes, I know that the audio quality is terrible. 😉 I was driving in the […]

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Future Storage System: Part 5: Backend Storage

October 22, 2008

n Parts 1-4 of the Future Storage Systems articles, we focused on the SAN-facing technologies that would enable scalable propcessing growth, purpose-built technologies for deduplication and encryption, as well as the fabric that would tie nodes together.  However, in each of these articles, I never got into WHERE  that information would eventually be stored.  Today, […]

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Is FCoE a viable option for SMB/Commercial?

October 14, 2008

Since I work in the SMB/Commercial space as a TC, I routintely am exposed to mixed fabric environments.  With the advent of iSCSI, we’ve seen a proportional shift towards iSCSI as a reduced-cost block storage fabric.  Legacy (2Gb/s) fibre still has presence in specific markets but the uptake of 4Gb/s fibre has […]

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Future Storage Systems: Part 2 – Detailed Node View

October 8, 2008

So, in my article yesterday, I gave a global view of a very simple storage system for the future. Since I LOVE this type of conjecture and theoretics (is that a word?), I decided to take this a step further and flesh out some of the other intricacies of the design.  Check out the image […]

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