Feeds

Cisco: We are NOT lagging behind Brocade

FCoE ahead of 16GBit/s FC, sniffs boss

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Blocks and Files A Cisco boss fired a warning shot across Brocade's bow after the rival networking biz bragged that it had a two-year lead over Cisco in the 16Gb/s Fibre Channel arena.

Cisco's product manager for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), J Michel Metz, took exception to boasts made by Brocade's chief technology officer Dave Stevens, who was speaking this month at an investor meeting. The comments were picked up by financial analyst Aaron Rakers of Stifel Nicolaus.

For the uninitiated, Fibre Channel is a technology that transfers data at multi-gigabit-per-second speeds over copper or optic cable, and is aimed at supercomputers and enterprise-grade storage gear. FCoE replaces the FC1 and FC0 layers of the stack by running the FC frames over Ethernet, allowing Fibre Channel-connected kit to integrate with existing corporate networks.

Although Brocade is flogging 16GBit/s Fibre Channel kit, Cisco's Metz said there are no storage devices available at the moment capable of sustaining this speed end-to-end - adding that installing Fibre Channel is a "rip and replace" job compared to Cisco's FCoE offerings, which will work with existing Ethernet setups. Brocade had said end-to-end FCoE networks are not appearing in any meaningful way.

"Customers can deploy FCoE right now, end-to-end if they wish, through top-of-rack switches to director-class core FCoE switches to FCoE-based storage arrays from a variety of vendors," said Metz.

"Ultimately, having something available right now versus next year does not sound like it's lagging behind; in fact, 16Gbit/s FC has a lot of catching up to do to FCoE in terms of use cases, feature sets and deployment scenarios. Cisco isn’t falling behind. Brocade is pushing technology that is far ahead of the majority of customers’ needs. Customers appreciate being able to prolong their investments whilst seamlessly accommodating future growth."

Adding that Cisco's FCoE kit is outselling FC, Metz says: "While Brocade should be congratulated on a successful product launch (after all, a lot of time, effort, and engineering brilliance goes into the development of milestone technologies - especially in storage) it seems that their enthusiasm far exceeds their sense of perspective." ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS
Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The Heartbleed Bug: how to protect your business with Symantec
What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can you do to weather another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?