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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, 04 Feb 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

Is FCoE faster than Fibre Channel? Who knows? Just run your own tests

The Cisco Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) supporters' club has taken grave exception to what it views as a deeply flawed Evaluator Group study, funded by Fibre Channel (FC) enthusiasts Brocade, which showed FC was faster than FCoE. FCoE supporters say the study shows no such thing and lambasted both the Evaluator Group and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
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Cisco fleshes out FCoE offering

Cisco has fleshed out is Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) offering with an end-to-end-capability from servers to storage arrays and back again via Nexus and MDS9500 switches. FCoE involves the transmission of Fibre Channel protocol messages along Ethernet links. Because Fibre Channel relies on a deterministic network that does …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2011

Intel gifts world open source FCoE

Intel has officially introduced its Open FCoE software stack, based on the native OS Fibre Channel Over Ethernet project it first open sourced in 2007. Intel Open FCoE is free for use with Intel's X520 family of 10 GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) server adaptors, and it has been qualified for Microsoft Windows, Red Hat and SUSE Linux, …
Cade Metz, 27 Jan 2011
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Emulex scores FCOE revenue win

Emulex says it sold more FCoE kit than QLogic in 2009. That's unexpected, considering that QLogic had more design wins for its Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) converged network adapters (CNA) throughout 2009 than Emulex, and by a wide margin. Nevertheless Emulex cites Infonetics and says it had a 57 per cent share of the …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2010
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HP offers Emulex FCoE adaptors

Emulex has at last got blue chip OEM blessing for its Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adapters, with HP now offering the kit. FCoE is reckoned to be the future of Fibre Channel networking, with the protocol being carried on a 10GbitE wire instead of native Fibre Channel wires and Host Bus Adapters (HBAs). FCoE runs across an …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2010
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Does FCoE really need TRILL?

Does Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) require TRILL (Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links)? Brocade and NetApp say or imply it does. A distinguished engineer from Cisco says it doesn't. The background to the issue is that FCoE is going to run over Ethernet networks and these run at layer 2 in the OSI 7-layer network …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2010
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Brocade delivers 10gig FCoE switching

Brocade is ready to deliver 10gig Ethernet switching with end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), opening the way for its customers to move away from costly physical Fibre Channel and embrace converged networking with Ethernet economics. This is the first product implementation of a technology outlined in the summer by …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010
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Brocade says if FCoE doesn't happen, it will be ready

Hold the front page: Brocade told financial analysts that the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCOE) transition may not happen. Oh, and it said it had messed up an IBM relationship. The things financial analysts get told. These revelations came from Brocade's chief marking officer John McHugh who was telling it how it is at a Stifel …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2011
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Emulex gets NetApp FCoE blessing

NetApp has blessed the use of Emulex's OneConnect Converged Network Adapter (CNA) for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), a huge tier 1 storage vendor endorsement for the firm. The company has been lagging behind competitor QLogic in getting storage vendor endorsements for its CNA when running FCoE and 10GbitE. It won HP …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2010
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QLogic: Software FCoE can't cut it

What does a HW Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) vendor think of Intel's software FCoE stack? We asked QLogic's Host Solutions Group through Henrik Hansen, its European marketing director. Intel has released an openly available Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) software stack so users can send and receive messages to Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2011
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Limited end-to-end FCoE

VMware has certified a Cisco and NetApp end-to-end FCoE connection scheme but this doesn't mean a new dawn as core switches still don't support passing on FCoE messages, only top-of-rack-switches (TORS). FCoE means Fibre Channel over Ethernet and involves sticking Fibre Channel messages inside Ethernet packets so that server-SAN …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2010
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Emulex gets short-lived FCoE design win

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 …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2009

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

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
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QLogic grabs Broadcom Ethernet assets

QLogic has signed a deal with Broadcom to buy some Ethernet assets and license its Fibre Channel IP. The converged network controller maker is spending $147m in cash to buy: some 10/40/100Gbit Ethernet controller-related assets and non-exclusive licences to certain intellectual property relating primarily to Broadcom’s …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
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EMC preps FCoE I/O module

EMC has confirmed industry suspicious that is developing a hot-swap Ultraflex FCoE module for its storage arrays. Yesterday Chad Sakac, EMC's VMware Technology Alliance veep, revealed: "We’re now, of course, developing an ultraflex IO module for FCoE, which (is) hot-swappable." FCoE (Fibre Channel Over Ethernet) sends Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2009

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 …
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EMC exec flags up FAST 2 and FCoE

EMC's eagerly-awaited FAST 2 automated data movement is coming to CLARiiON and Celerra arrays today, together with FCoE and improved VMware vCenter integration. CMO Jeremy Burton mentioned these things at Everything Channel's XChange Conference yesterday, also saying CLARiiON and Celerra arrays had more than 60 integration …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2010

Brocade flogs adapter biz to QLogic: Are they cutting losses or pleasing investors?

Late last week data networking gear firm Brocade announced it was selling its Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter business to QLogic for an undisclosed sum. The storage networking host bus adapter (HBA) market was entered by Brocade in May 2007 with both iSCSI adapters and HBA products. The HBAs were marketed with messages …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014

NetApp shows off tech specs of FAS array BIZ BEAST

NetApp's coming FAS8000 is a mid-range array designed for scale-out clustering, with the latter becoming as important if not more important to the firm than having bigger-than-FAS6000 boxes in its product range. Ahead of its launch we managed to get a look at the product's datasheet. It sets the scene by saying: "Traditional …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014

Brocade, wake up: Cisco is here, and it ALSO has 16 gig FC

Cisco has waited two years, watching while competitor Brocade launched and sold 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel, before finally doubling the speed of its own Fibre Channel switch products, belatedly announcing 16Gbps MDS switches. It's quite possible the networking giant had been hoping that Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) take-up …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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NetApp fully embraces FCoE

NetApp is the first storage vendor to offer end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet by partnering with Brocade and QLogic. Not letting any depression about being denied Data Domain get in its way, NetApp is plunging whole-heartedly into Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoe), certifying and offering Brocade and QLogic Converged …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2009
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Emulex and QLogic bring FCoE closer

Fibre Channel's replacement by Ethernet came a step closer with QLogic's introduction of the single chip 8100 Series integrated converged network adapter (CNA), joining Emulex' OneConnect product. QLogic's 8100 has a single ASIC containing the processor, its memory and the SerDes. It supports Ethernet connectivity, TCOP/IP, NAS …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2009
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Array with you: IBM takes on upstarts with new RamSan flash cram

Big Blue has burst onto the all-flash array scene afresh with a million-plus IOPS box; its first in-house FlashSystem since buying TMS a year and a half ago The FlashSystem 840 is IBM's latest iteration of its FlashSystem 720, 810 and 820 product range. It has up to 48TB of eMLC NAND capacity in its 2U rack enclosure (not a lot …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014

Brocade unfurls FCoE roadmap

Brocade is aiming to deliver an FCoE switch and FCoE server adapters, and sign a tier-one HBA OEM by the end of the year. FCoE means Fibre Channel over Ethernet and involves sending Fibre Channel (FC) protocol messages across ethernet links. Traditionally FC messages pass through a fabric with switches and director nodes …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2008
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Speaking in Tech: VMware $billion buy - brilliance ... or blunder?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week's techcast delves into all the latest technology in the storage and virtualisation sector. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela (Ed Saipetch is away on a secret mission) are talking to the Man Who Knows - special guest J Metz (@DrJMetz), who is strategic …
Team Register, 06 Nov 2012
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Emulex chases QLogic over FCoE design wins

Emulex is not leaving the storage array FCoE interface business to QLogic and says it could announce a brace of storage vendor design wins by the end of the year. NetApp is the first and so far only vendor to announce native FCoE arrays. It is using QLogic's converged network adapter (CNA) for this. Joe Gervais, a senior Emulex …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2008
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FCoE: Divergence vs convergence

FCoE seems to be a harbinger of network divergence rather than convergence. After discussion with QLogic and hearing about 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel and InfiniBand as well as FCoE, ideas about an all-Ethernet world seem as unreal as the concept of a flat earth. This train of thought started when talking with Scott Genereux, QLogic' …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2009
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SNIA embraces NAS and FCoE

The SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) is bringing NAS (Network-Attached Storage) networking into its mainstream activities by expanding its IP Storage Forum into the Ethernet Storage Forum (ESF). SNIA forums are marketing bodies set up to provide marketing and educational materials explaining the features, benefits …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2009
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IBM peddles FCoE switches from Brocade and, yes, Cisco

IBM this week threw its support behind Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switches, saying that it would be reselling one of the FCoE converged data center switches from new server rival Cisco Systems as well as putting another switch in the field from Brocade Communications. The launch of the Converged Switch B32 from IBM …
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Hardware vendors primed for FCoE love-in

A Fibre Channel over Ethernet standard hasn't even been accepted yet, but such a trifle hasn't stopped the hype from reaching a fever pitch today at Storage Networking World in Orlando. Intel, QLogic, EMC, and Emulex all pledged their support for the protocol with products and partnerships. Of course, these are the some the main …
Austin Modine, 09 Apr 2008

Brocade's fat pipes a-singin' the Fibre Channel song

Brocade is singing its Fibre Channel song with renewed vigour - aiming to double speed, get OpenStack support, push on with 16gig products and try to render Virtual Instruments diagnostic gear redundant. It has announced the 6520: a denser Fibre Channel switch with 96 16Gbit/s ports in its 2U enclosure, and it also has Brocade's …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2013
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Never mind software-defined HYPE, 2014 will be the year of REALLY WEIRD storage boxen

As as we come to the end of another year, it's worth looking forward to see what – if anything – is going to change in the storage world next year, because this year has pretty much been a bust as far as innovation and radical new products are concerned. So what is going to change? I get the feeling not a huge amount will. …
StorageBod, 19 Dec 2013
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Brocade launches FCoE switch and adapters

Brocade has announced a top-of-rack Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switch, together with Converged Network Adapters for servers to use when connecting to the switch. Brocade is the volume leader in shipping Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) switches and directors that link servers to SAN storage disk drive arrays …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2009
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QLogic claims FCoE queue lead

QLogic says it is at the front of the FCoE queue. Talking with Henrik Hansen's QLogic's EMEA marketing director, we learn that QLogic is convinced it is well ahead of Emulex and Brocade with its Converged Network Adapter (CNA) efforts. These 8100 series cards, featuring a second generation ASIC, are available in 1- and 2-port …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2009
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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 " …
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32 Gig Fibre Channel takes another step towards reality

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) has announced that a 32 gigabits per second version of the standard is just a little bit closer to reality. The Association has let it be known that the “INCITS T11 standards committee has recently completed the Fibre Channel Physical Interface - sixth generation (FC-PI-6) industry …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2013

Dell crams modular hybrid server and storage switch into 1U pizza box

One of the bright spots in Dell's business these days is its networking unit, which doubled its sales last year thanks in large part to the acquisition of Force10 Networks nearly two years ago. Now Dell has to keep pace with its many competitors in the networking racket – which it has just done with the launch of a new modular …

The future of storage is a horror show - just ignore the biz strategists

Storage was actually simple, before disk-to-disk backup came along and started spoiling the party. Now we need a storage magician to take the horror out of the storage horror show. Basically there were monolithic arrays at the high-end, dual controller arrays in the middle, and JBOD variations at the bottom; all disk drive …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013
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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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Nortel spin-out preps FCoE switches for blade servers

Blade Network Technologies - the spinout from Canadian telecom giant Nortel that has built a nice little business supplying switches for blade servers - is today at the Interop extravaganza in Las Vegas showing off the Fibre Channel over Ethernet converged switches that will eventually be resold by IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and …
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Virtual Instruments plans probe 'n' sniff tools for Ethernet networks

Fibre Channel networking probester Virtual Instruments is going to expand into Ethernet-based file network probing and analysis, according to the 451 analysis group. The analysts also reckon an IPO is coming but said that Ethernet switching speed freak Arista is set on entering Ethernet network analysis too, giving VI real …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2013

Cisco: We are NOT lagging behind Brocade

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, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Dec 2011

Cisco and NetApp engage in light consensual FlexPoddery

Consensual FlexPoddery is the name of the game as Cisco and NetApp rename Flexpod and FlexPod Express, introduce the new FlexPod Select, and add NetApp's E-Series arrays and Cisco's Nexus 7000 big-ass switch to the FlexPod component mix. FlexPods are template rules for designing converged server, storage and networking systems …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013
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QLogic hypes 'network consolidation' with FCoE

QLogic is giving a preview of its latest gear at Storage Networking World in Dallas, including the claimed first complete Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) converged network. The 10Gb FCoE demo comes courtesy of QLogic's adapters, storage gear from NetApp and technology from Nuova Systems. QLogic also announced a new 8Gb …
Austin Modine, 17 Oct 2007

Emulex 'hired Goldman Sachs to find themselves a buyer' - report

SAN storage adaptor supplier Emulex has hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer, according to Bloomberg. Neither Emulex nor Goldman Sachs have confirmed the story, which Bloomberg says it heard from two people "with knowledge of the situation". The rationale for such a sale is strong. The Fibre Channel HBA market, which Emulex and …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013

Tape's NOT dead. WHOMP: This 8.5TB Oracle drive proves it

Oracle has introduced the world's highest capacity tape drive, all raw 8.5TB of it, and the fastest too. The StorageTek T10000D transfers uncompressed data at 252MB/sec and 756MB/sec with 3:1 compression running. Its 252MB/sec data rate is 57.5 per cent faster than LTO-6's 160MB/sec, and LTO-6 only stores 2.5TB raw, less than …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2013
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Emulex squeaks into profit: Chew on that, QLogic, 0.7 big ones

A year ago Emulex recorded $118.4m revenues and a loss of $7.2m in its first fiscal 2012 quarter. A year later revenues are up 1 per cent to $119.3m and it has scraped a profit of $700k. Whew! Emulex makes network adapters, and more than 80 per cent of its revenues comes from products like Fibre Channel HBAs and Ethernet …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2012
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Fusion-io gobbles Brit Linux SCSI gurus ID7

Fusion-io flogs software to turn a server fitted with its PCIe flash cards into a shared storage appliance. It turns out that the software is based on UK developer ID7's code and Fusion-io has just bought the company. ID7 was set up in 2006 and produces SCST, an open-source Linux component used by many storage vendors. It is a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013