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The Grand Unification Storage Theory

May 18, 2016 4 comments

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I read with interest an article on The Register about a panel that happened at TECHunplugged (I wish I had known about this; I would have tried to attend in person if possible). The article was entitled “One Storage Protocol to Rule Them All” by Chris Evans, who is someone I like and respect a great deal in the industry.

The key clickbait for me, however, was the interesting tagline, “And why are Fibre Channel fans so, er, stubborn about movements?” Being heavily involved in both Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (as I write this, I’m on the Board of Directors for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, though this is just my thoughts, not the FCIA’s), I was keen to see just how aligned his thoughts and mine might be.

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FCoE Quickie: Using Standard Ethernet Switches

February 14, 2016 Leave a comment

I happened to come across a tweet on Twitter that asked the question:

“Can FCoE ‘just work’ on regular Ethernet switches?”

The answer to the question, while leading the asker to the right answer (no, you can’t use any old Ethernet switch) was nevertheless inaccurate.  Read more…

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Lies, Damn Lies, and IT Consultants on FCoE

June 5, 2015 4 comments

This will be short, but sweet.

Recently, on June 2, a blog from an independent IT firm went viral concerning Cisco and support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). Bizarrely, the blog stated that Cisco was no longer developing, nor supporting, FCoE products.

This is not true.

Unfortunately, it caused quite a bit of unnecessary consternation among partners, customers, and colleagues.

Allow me to state, categorically, that Cisco has a long, varied, and deep FCoE development roadmap. Not only that, but Cisco is working closely with industry partners to expand and continue FCoE application in new Data Center paradigms.

This 3rd party company – who shall not be named so as not to dignify the claim – merely sought to generate attention for themselves. I’ll leave the ethical nature of their decision to promote this falsehood up to the reader.

Gonna need better bait

Gonna need better bait

One more time for those in the back:

Cisco continues to develop and support FCoE technology, products, and solutions, and has a prime investment for the future. 

When companies do unethical things

When companies do unethical things

[Note: This was originally posted on Cisco’s blog sites, but was removed due to scheduling issues. Nevertheless, this is official Cisco policy regarding FCoE as of this writing.]

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Enrico Signoretti Is Not A Writer (For Real) – an FCoE Allegory

“What? Yes he is!”

“No, he isn’t. For real.”

“He’s still writing blogs!”

“Yeah, but no one reads them.” Read more…

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Bandwidth, Latency and Throughput, the Star Trek Way

June 26, 2014 5 comments

Okay, I know there are a lot of different explanations about how to describe these common components of networks (see, for instance, here, here, here, here, and here), but every once in a while I get a question about whether or not 40G will make things go “faster” in networks (often relating to FCoE and storage in general). Why write another one? I wanted to see how fast I could make this easy to understand.

Last night as I was trying to wind down to go to sleep, I had a brainstorm about an interesting visual (to me, at least) that might help explain some of the different concepts in moving data around. Your mileage may vary. Read more…

OpenStack and Storage, a Response

May 29, 2014 4 comments
No Fibre Channel allowed?

No Fibre Channel allowed?

During the recent OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, GA, I wrote a blog on the Cisco blog site called “Thoughts on #OpenStack and Software-Defined Storage,” arguing for the need to avoid reinventing the wheel when it comes to Software-Defined X and storage. My very good friend Stephen Foskett wrote a (fair and excellent) response, entitled Why OpenStack Doesn’t Need Fibre Channel Support.

Stephen’s argument, essentially, is that Fibre Channel, and the conventional IT that it represents, do not really have a place in the Open systems, such as the OpenStack ecosystem. Thing is, I think Stephen’s argument is a little too late. The cat has left the barn, and the genie has been let out of the toothpaste tube, the train has left the gate. Or something to that effect. Read more…

Brocade and Evaluator Group’s Really, Really Bad FCoE Study

February 7, 2014 6 comments

It’s been almost four years to the month that I took on Gartner’s horrible anti-FCoE diatribe, and since then I’ve joined Cisco, written a few more blogs, and even gone toe-to-toe with the technology’s largest critic – Brocade. For the most part, the tete-a-tete has been cordial, if a little snarky (just the way I like it!), and generally falls within the general margin for error afforded to marketing excesses.

Something happened this week, however, that brought up the ugly spectre of blatant dishonesty that exposed a disturbing trend of vendor-media collusion that I feel harms people, especially those who would otherwise be the most helped.

For that reason, I’m posting these thoughts here. These are my personal thoughts, and do not reflect those of my employer, my manager, my friends, family, or the direction of the technology I work with (disclosure for those that don’t know me: I’m a Product Manager for Storage working for Cisco – at least at the time of writing this blog!).

So, something snarky this way cometh. Read more…

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