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Fibre Channel over Ethernet is dead. Woah, contain yourselves

Comment How many times have you heard one of these statements: Tape is dead! Mainframe is dead! The laptop is dead ... and so on. It then turns out not to be true. Most of the time it was just a way to say that a newer technology was seeing a strong level of adoption, so strong as to eclipse the older one in the eyes of the masses. …
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SAN gang at Nimble jump in Fibre Channel pool, but how big will the splash be?

Becoming a little nimbler in the SAN market, Nimble Storage is adding Fibre Channel support to its CS-series hybrid flash/disk arrays. Up until now these products have supported block data access over iSCSI only. Adding Fibre Channel will, the company believes, triple its addressable market. The product range was refreshed in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014
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House of the rising SAN: Cisco plonks physical 16Gbit/s kit on the table

Virtual SANs are all very well but physical SANs aren't going away – what with Cisco building out its 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) switching gear. Cisco has improved its storage area networking product set, plunging deeper into the 16Gbit/s FC switch space, thinking that physical SANs and networked block-access storage arrays …
Chris Mellor, 1 Aug 2014

NetApp and IBM's high fibre treat: First SPC benchmark using FCoE

NetApp and IBM have released SPC-1 benchmarks showing IBM’s 10 gig V7000 FCoE system being narrowly beaten by NetApp’s FAS8020 using 16gig FC. Let's rephrase that. A flash-assisted array using faster Fibre Channel beat an all-disk array using slower Ethernet. Quelle surprise. SPC-1 tests a storage array’s ability to perform …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014

Ignore the pie-in-the-sky storage roadmaps. This is what's REALLY afoot

Storagebod Roadmap! Roadmap! Bring out your roadmaps... I’ve now seen roadmaps going way off into the future and it is a pain. As soon as I start speculating about the future of storage, people seem to get very worried about breach of NDAs. But some general themes are beginning to appear. 1) Traditional RAID5 and RAID6 data protection …
StorageBod, 18 Feb 2014

Fibre Channel Industry Association extends roadmap to 128G bps

It's all about speed: the industry association behind Fibre Channel has laid out its acceleration timeline, with 32G bps 128G bps now nailed to the calendar. The Fibre Channel Industry Association has set down its Gen 6 standard, and its timeline puts shipment of kit following the spec at 2016. The basic channel in the …

Brocade-funded study says Fibre Channel faster than FCoE

A study funded by Brocade has found that Fibre Channel provides faster access to all-flash arrays than Fibre Channel over Ethernet. FCoE involves linking all-flash arrays to accessing servers via Ethernet instead of a Fibre Channel fabric. Testers from the Evaluator Group, who carried out the study on behalf of Brocade, hooked …
Chris Mellor, 4 Feb 2014
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Brocade: California taxman took off with our profits

Storage networking and Ethernet supplier Brocade has grown its latest quarter's revenues but swung from profit to loss after changes to the state of California's tax code. It reckons it will soon be doing even better now on the back of its 16GBit/s Fibre Channel kit and added that software-defined networking has opened up a …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2013
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IBM rounds out 10GE/40GE RackSwitches with a switch hitter

Big Blue is rounding out its RackSwitch top-of-rack switches in conjunction with the launch of entry and midrange Power7+ servers earlier this week. IBM is kicking out two new switches, the RackSwitch G8264CS and G8264T, both of which offer a base number 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and then additional uplinks or so-called " …

Added flash fails to get network adapters out of QLogic's doors

QLogic reported revenues of $117.9m for its second fiscal 2013 quarter ending 30 September, down 13.5 per cent on the year-ago quarter, and down 9.6 per cent on the first 2013 quarter. It made a profit of $11.9m, way down on the year-ago quarter's $28.7m and the preceding quarter's $18.4m. The business is shrinking. QLogic Q2 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2012

QLogic: We can't flog adapters when no one's buying servers

QLogic, in the stagnant and low-growth adapter businesses, has announced weak quarterly results, and is pinning its hopes on ASICs and soon-to-be-revealed new server-based products unlike anything it has produced before. Q primarily sells adapters that connect servers to networks such as the Fibre Channel HBAs (Host Bus …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2012
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Emulex coughs up $58m in Broadcom fibre optic patents clash

Emulex is paying Broadcom $58m to partially settle patent infringement claims. Broadcom makes (among many, many things) Ethernet gear and attempted to sue Emulex for infringing 10 of its its patents in 2009. The 2009 suit came just months after Emulex rejected a second takeover bid from Broadcom. With this settlement, three …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jul 2012
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Networking giant Emulex stumbles at third quarter hurdle

Emulex's latest earnings show a fall compared to the previous quarter: which was the first profitable quarter after six loss-making ones. This means execs at the networking giant are probably on high alert for any further signs of a return to that slough of despond. Revenues for its third fiscal 2012 quarter totalled $125.7m, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2012
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MYSTERY as QLogic hurls InfiniBand from train

Comment Storage networking and InfiniBand supplier is giving up on InfiniBand and selling that business line to Intel for $125 million. QLogic is in a seemingly permanent duel with Emulex, from which it was spun-out in 1994, for dominance in the Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) market and also the so far un-dynamic Fibre Channel …
Chris Mellor, 6 Feb 2012
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Brocade has 2-year Fibre Channel headstart on rival

Brocade is making 16gig Fibre Channel hay while Cisco is still lagging up to two years behind, having made a wrong bet with FCoE. Brocade's chief technology officer, Dave Stevens, presented at an investors' meeting attended by Aaron Rakers of Stifel Nicolaus, who reports that Stevens: "highlighted a faster-than-typical …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2011
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Brocade gives Wall Street the finger

The SANs are okay... Brocade beat pessimistic Wall St estimates about its fourth quarter (Q4) earnings and outlook for the next quarter, showing that there is more life in the Fibre Channel and Ethernet vendor than analysts gave it credit for. Revenues in the fourth quarter ending 29 October were $550m, a 9 per cent rise on …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2011

Mixing network traffic types on Ethernet

Expert Clinic Is Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) a panacea for the difficulties inherent in running separate storage and general networks? FCoE is not taking off and, indeed, there have been articles published that suggest it may die before it arrives. Let's look again at the idea of mixing general networking traffic and storage …
Chris Mellor, 7 Oct 2011
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Leatherman style multifunctional network device offered

QLogic has a new FlexSuite adapter that can function as either 10 gig Ethernet or 16 gig Fibre Channel. The card is an Ethernet NIC, a Converged Network Adapter (CNA) and a Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (FC HBA) in one, with a single controller capable of linking servers to a filer, an iSCSI SAN or a Fibre Channel SAN via …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2011

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