Feeds

Emulex gets short-lived FCoE design win

Verari certifies - then 'crashes'

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Emulex has finally got its first public Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) design win, from Verari, which promptly appeared to fall over on Friday.

FCoE sends and receives Fibre Channel storage data traffic over Ethernet, instead of using Fibre Channel wires and switches. For its adoption it relies on a loss-less and low-latency version of 10Gbit Ethernet, known variously as Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) or Data Centre Ethernet (DCE). Its promised benefit is that Fibre Channel SAN storage data data traffic can travel over Ethernet like LAN traffic and share its acquisition and operational cost, which is lower than running both Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks.

For servers to use FCoE they need to have a CNA which replaces separate Ethernet NICs (Network Interface Cards) and Fibre Channel HBAs (Host Bus Adapters). Both Emulex and its main competitor QLogic are developing CNAs and trying to get server suppliers to certify and adopt them. Up until now, Emulex's single chip OneConnect CNA has had no explicit FCoE adoption. It has had adoption as a 10GbitE NIC, usable for iSCSI SAN access, and Emulex is promising to deliver updated firmware that will add TCP/IP offload engine (TOE) functionality as well as FCoE capability.

OEMs such as IBM have certified the 10GbitE OneConnect functionality and made approving noises about the coming FCoE firmware but not explicitly adopted it. In contrast, QLogic has amassed a number of FCoE design wins, with Dell announced on Thursday. Emulex won Verari in the first of what it claims are four FCoE design wins.

But that prize was apparently snatched out of its hands with web, blog and Tweet reports of Verari's demise late on Friday and Saturday.

Verari's FOREST containerised data centres are were going to be shipping with Emulex's OneConnect CNA. A CNA made sense for Verari as it was able to maximise port density and operation on its racked servers. Its SVP for world-wide market operations, Dan Gatti, said: "We chose Emulex's OneConnect UCNA [because it] gives us the ability to support all of the protocols needed by our customers."

Steve Daheb - Emulex's chief marketing officer - was highly delighted, speaking of "unparalleled investment protection and I/O connectivity performance" and customers "cutting costs exponentially and boosting performance to new levels."

He would have been breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to revealing the next win, Emulex having had enough of QLogic's crowing over its FCoE design wins. Now it seems it's back to square one.

Verari's UK operations were unable to comment on the firm's future.®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay
Goog Wallet apparently also spurned in NFC lockdown
IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!
Don't be so sure, so-surers
Hey - who wants 4.8 TERABYTES almost AS FAST AS MEMORY?
China's Memblaze says they've got it in PCIe. Yow
Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER
Sky's the limit with unrestricted space in the cloud
This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO
If the web giants need it to work, hey, maybe it'll work
'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage
Friday night LIVE? Nope. The only thing streaming are tears down my face
Google roolz! Nest buys Revolv, KILLS new sales of home hub
Take my temperature, I'm feeling a little bit dizzy
Storage array giants can use Azure to evacuate their back ends
Site Recovery can help to move snapshots around
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.