Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Data Center’

FCoE: The Birth of the SLAM Admin

June 4, 2010 7 comments

We have LAN admins. We have Server admins. We have Storage admins. Each with its own culture and methods of doing things. Perhaps the biggest issue surrounding convergence is the need to converge people’s skillsets. I propose that teams that are going to be working together start seeing themselves as a joint SLAM (Storage and Local Area Management) admin, part of an overall SLAM team. Read more…

Advertisements

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…

Categories: Technology Tags: , , , , , , ,

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…

Can Apple Compete in the Enterprise?

January 25, 2010 1 comment

Once upon a time Apple had an incredible opportunity to play in the data center space. When the XServe RAID came out not only was it beautiful to look at (something you don’t normally think about when it comes to storage) but as a low-cost, Tier-2 or -3 array it made a very popular splash. At one point (in terms of TB shipped), Apple was the 4th largest storage vendor in the world.

Now, however, it’s a different story. The industry has changed drastically, the players have shifted and converged, and Apple is restricted in playing in the data center sphere where it once had promise (no pun intended). While it’s sort-of-in, sort-of-out at the moment, it doesn’t have to be that way. Apple could once again play a significant role in the Enterprise space… by breaking itself apart. Read more…

Cable Reduction Makes FCoE a Good Thing™

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

EMC storage guru Dave Graham did a quick video of the cable clutter in his lab. Great visual as to why cable consolidation and convergence is needed.

Why FCoE Is a Good Thing…
— This is a tongue in cheek video that I took in one of my labs showing why, for no other reason but fabric reduction, that CEE/DCE/FCoE is a valuable thing for ANY IT infrastructure. A couple of things you’ll notice here are:
a.) it’s loud. Sorry about that…this lab is in a thermal chamber and it […]

Brocade and Cisco agree on FCoE detail

January 4, 2010 1 comment

In the not-so-Wild West of FCoE standards negotiation, the two big switch juggernauts – Cisco and Brocade – agreed to a compromise that will affect the way that traffic moves across networks. The good news is that this was a major obstacle to making FCoE have a chance at becoming a valid contender for networking in the data center. So now we ask, “So what?” Read more…

J Metz's Blog

The Dr. is in...

J Metz's Blog

The Dr. is in...

domdelfinosblog

Technology, Life, Cars, Randomness

shadub

My brain's been battered!

Virtualization for Service Providers

Using virtualization as a technology enabler for public, enterprise, customer-facing environments

Jeep Accessories

Latest Jeep News

The Data Center Overlords

Where servers, storage and networking combine to form Voltron.

The Borg Queen

Jottings on the intersection of tech and humanness

backofbeyonds

You seek her here, you seek her there... hang on, where's she gone?

Wake Up and Smell the Content

A Converged Communications Blog

Blog Stu - Stuart Miniman

Social media and innovation simmering with storage, networks and virtualization