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Frosting the FCoE Cake…

by dave on November 2, 2009


Czech kind of sponge cake.
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I was advised the other day that a certain manufacturer was adopting a rather interesting model for Fibre Channel over Ethernet CNA licensing.  Rather than simply purchasing a FCoE CNA with all the features (10GbE, iSCSI, and FCoE) turned on, they were going to adopt some sort of staggered licensing model that put each of those features as an option that you could license (and pay for) at a later date.

When I read this, the analogy that sprung to mind was one of, well, cake.  (I’m not a foodie, I just tend to think abstractly of food.) How many people go to a bakery and buy a plain cake that isn’t frosted and that has a payment plan against it?   You’re going to buy a cake that fits with the mindset of what a cake should be; that is, something that is complete and “ready to eat.”  Additionally, you’re probably not going to be interested in a plain cake where the end cost is greater than a pre-frosted cake!  Why would you buy something that required an order of magnitude more effort to get to a final, workable order?  You’d consider someone who bought into this idea as somewhat of a lunatic.

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FCoE: “Soft” FCoE Integration

by dave on July 2, 2009


There appears to be quite the interesting discussion going on over at Scott Lowe‘s blog regarding FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) as its relationship to the data center, VMware, and, pretty much everything else. I love watching people put their thoughts to eletronic ink (via the comments section) but recently, I’ve had some pretty interesting conversations around FCoE that focus on different approaches to FCoE within the data center.

It all started with a phone call…
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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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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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Atmos rising…(from Maui)

November 10, 2008

Today is the official GA of EMC‘s latest-n-greatest product, Atmos.  For all intents and purposes, you probably have heard of Atmos under a different guise:  Maui.  In any case, I’ll be taking a look at some of the features and functionalities of Atmos as well as potential integration points for your business.  Finally, if you’re […]

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