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FCoE vs. iSCSI: The Cagefight! – Flexibility

March 30, 2010 8 comments

This is the second in a series of posts designed to address some of the questions I’ve posed with respect to FCoE vs. iSCSI, in an attempt to take a detached view towards the pros and cons of each technology as it relates to measuring up in the data center. In this post, we will examine the question of whether iSCSI can provide the same type of traffic flexibility that FCoE can, for the same level of service. Read more…

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Google vs. Directive 10-289

March 25, 2010 3 comments

Oh, how we love to hate big companies. Microsoft, Apple, McDonald’s… all have felt the wrath of governments and environmental groups alike have been absolutely slammed in recent years about decisions of who and what they let play in their sandboxes and the nature of their influence in global cultures. No company, though, even with the inclusion of Microsoft vs. the Clinton DOJ, has been the target of such an all-out war against a single company than Google. Read more…

FCoE vs. iSCSI: The Cagefight! – Performance

March 24, 2010 19 comments

In a previous post, I posed a series of questions with respect to understanding the nature of FCoE and iSCSI marketplaces. In this post I’m going to address one of those questions:

Is iSCSI fast enough at 10GbE, 40GbE, and 100GbE – even with overhead concerns, to rival the performance and efficiency of FCoE?

[2012.08.09 Update: This has finally been tested and I’ve written an update about the performance of the two protocols on my Cisco Blog] Read more…

Gartner on FCoE. Whoa There, Sparky

March 19, 2010 23 comments

I’m too cheap to shell out the $195 (that’s $20/page!) for the latest Gartner report on FCoE, but there have been enough reports on the report that it’s not difficult to see the gist is consistent with Gartner’s long-running hate-affair with the nascent technology. I’m the first to admit that FCoE isn’t a panacea for the data center’s myriad array of issues, but Gartner seems to be far too willing to play the convenient role of grumpy old man and needs to be placed into some perspective. Read more…

M-A-M™: Identifying the Message, Step 1

March 17, 2010 2 comments

Okay, so you’ve seen that your Facebook Fan Page doesn’t have many fans, your Twitter followers are anemic, and you’re starting to think that people just. don’t. like. you. Of 400 million Facebook users you can’t seem to grab 40? Maybe it’s time you re-examine your assumptions and learn exactly what message you’re sending (or, more importantly, they’re receiving).

After all, “if they didn’t hear it, you didn’t say it.” Read more…

Announcement: Google Buzz Market Report

I’m proud to announce that Mind Commerce has just published my market analysis of Google Buzz. “This report is one of the must-read reports for people who want to understand and evaluate the importance of Google Buzz within the Social Media/Networking space. These include – but are not limited to – social media planners, marketing decision-makers, and strategic advertising professionals.” Read more…

M-A-M™: The Social Media Hammer

March 8, 2010 4 comments

There is no question that using Social Media can be a fantastic tool in your arsenal for delivering your message. One of the things that I have seen, however, is that the Law of the Hammer applies with social media: once you get ahold of the social media hammer everything looks like a nail. Read more…

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