Cisco: We are NOT lagging behind Brocade
FCoE ahead of 16GBit/s FC, sniffs boss
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.
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." ®
Love the marketing speak
I believe this is marketing speak. Most of the new cisco switches offer selectable FCoE, FC or Ethernet capability. This makes saying that you've shipped 60M FCoE ports hollow, as the vast majority of the ports will not be used for FCoE, but rather for plain-old-ethernet.
I could be wrong, however. Mr. Metz, could you clarify how many of the 60M ports were actually used for FCoE?
the whole story is not here...
Understandably, El Reg has to please its editorial staff but I was curious if there were more to this story. A google search uncovered J Metz Cisco blog on this matter. It seems El Reg cut down his reply quite a lot, but the original article and added comments are on his blog. If you are curious google search for "j metz fcoe". I would post the link, but it might be in bad form to link spam in the comments area. Anyway, it gives the whole story as it stands today so you can educate yourself as well as possible.
Cisco, yes you are.
Cisco, yes, yes you are.