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Deploying FCoE: What you need to know

May 11, 2009

So, my good friend Stu Miniman (@stu on Twitter) put out a video a few months back extolling the virtues of FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) for the next generation data center.  This video, while fascinating, didn’t answer the underlying hardware questions that we all had: What the heck does all this stuff look like?  […]

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Video Overview of the Qlogic 5802V

January 31, 2009

As much as I like to talk about Qlogic, there are times when you’ve just got to let someone else tell their story.  In this case, Qlogic’s Marty Holmes gives a very thorough video analysis of the SanBox 5802V Fibre Switch.

This is my current switch of choice if you need small departmental Fibre Channel switches that […]

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Fibre Channel over Ethernet or Infiniband: a Response

December 8, 2008

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Over at Cisco, there is a post from April, 2008 on the FCoE vs. IB argument that was written by Dante Malagrino. What follows is MY perspective (not my employers) on the FCoE vs. IB argument that he puts forth.
a.) Historically, both IB and FC have been more difficult to manage than competing […]

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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 3b – I/O Expansion Node

October 10, 2008

In Part 3a, we discussed the possibility of a purpose-driven Compute Node based on the Torrenza initiative for the Future Storage system.  This expansion node made use of Hypertransport as a “glue” between the base storage compute node and the expansion node (of computation or I/O flavours) that could be added.  The advantages of that […]

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