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Vol. 7 No. 10 December 2008

More pieces added to the FCoE puzzle

Cisco and other storage vendors convened at Storage Networking World (SNW) in October for what QLogic marketing VP Frank Berry called "the third semi-annual FCoE press conference" aimed at convincing the storage world that Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is just around the corner. The big news at this press conference was NetApp pledging native support for FCoE in its storage arrays by the end of the year. That came a day after EMC added Cisco's Nexus 5000 series FCoE switch and Emulex and QLogic Converged Network Adapters (CNAs)--FCoE's equivalent to host bus adapters (HBAs)--to the EMC Select list of products it resells. VMware also sent a rep to the SNW FCoE news conference to say that the server virtualization vendor has certified the QLogic and Emulex CNAs with ESX 3.5 Update 2. The most aggressive FCoE vendors (Cisco, Emulex and QLogic) are pushing a quick adoption of the new converged network protocol onto a market that's slow to adopt new technologies. Nearly every storage array vendor points to FCoE as the future, ...

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  • LTO-4 gains favor among tape drive buyers

  • How your SAN will evolve

    We asked storage vendors, industry analysts and technologists serving on storage industry associations about where they saw the SAN heading. There may not be sweeping architectural changes in five years, but there will be changes in the basic building blocks of the SAN infrastructure: networks and protocols; switches; storage arrays, disks and controllers; and SAN management.

  • "I second that VMotion," say replication vendors

    Replication vendors are finding new avenues for their technology by leveraging VMware's VMotion technology.

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