Posted By Rich Miller On April 14, 2008 @ 7:25 am In Cisco | Comments Disabled
So, here’s what I think about FCoE. Its about as stupid as a technology could be. Vendors making it just want to generate higher margins with a new technology. They want you to think its going to be better than the alternatives because they will be able to charge more for it. That’s how it is with all new technologies. The discussions about network performance are hogwash.Dell Storage Product Strategist Matt Baker followed with a more measured post , clearly mindful that many Dell customers are using Fibre Channel. “We at Dell believe that iSCSI is a superior storage fabric and there are tons of reasons why … but we believe that FCoE is valuable for our many customers with legacy FC environments and provides a path to a fully unified fabric for those customers.” Malagrino responded , articulating the merits of FCoE, and seeking areas of agreement with his Dell counterparts.
The bottom line is that I agree with Matt and I think that both FCoE and iSCSI have a role in evolving storage networks and ultimately making storage much more pervasive. The key enabler for both is Data Center Ethernet and the ability to leverage a lossless transport for storage traffic.Farley offered an olive branch in the comments, and peace was restored in the storage networking blogosphere. For a few hours, anyway, until Jerome Wendt blogged about whether FCoE is “a diabolical plot,”  opening a debate about the merits of FCoE vs. InfiniBand . UPDATE: Chuck Hollis from EMC  has also joined the discussion, offering his views on the merits of FCoE and future of iSCSI.
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URLs in this post:
 Nexus 5000 Series switches: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/Apr/08/nexus_5000_next_step_in_data_center_30_push.html
 post from Dante Malagrino: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/2008/04/fibre_channel_over_ethernet_wh_3.html
 Dell’s Marc Farley: http://direct2dell.com/insideit/archive/2008/04/10/fcoe-is-a-great-dead-end.aspx
 more measured post: http://direct2dell.com/insideit/archive/2008/04/10/fcoe-let-s-not-be-too-hasty.aspx
 Malagrino responded: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/2008/04/fcoe_and_iscsi_who_cares_its_a.html
 a diabolical plot,”: http://www.dciginc.com/2008/04/is-fcoe-a-diabolical-plot-musings-on-snw-day.html
 FCoE vs. InfiniBand: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/2008/04/infiniband_or_fcoe_this_time_w.html
 Chuck Hollis from EMC: http://chucksblog.typepad.com/chucks_blog/2008/04/fcoe-gets-buzz.html
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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