Richard Scannell on investing in FC

Richard Scannell on investing in FC

Richard Scannell
VP, GlassHouse Technologies Inc., GlassHouse Technologies Inc.
Richard Scannell, co-founder of GlassHouse, serves as Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy. In his role, Richard is responsible for the development and execution of corporate strategy, client relationship development and marketing communications. Richard is a frequently requested speaker at key industry events, as well as a featured columnist and thought leader in such publications as STORAGE Magazine, Intelligent Enterprise and Byte and Switch. Richard has also written various articles in STORAGE magazine, including "How healthy is your corporate e-mail?" and "The well-oiled backup machine."

QUESTION: Why would I invest in Fibre Channel SAN technology when I can achieve similar performance at a reduced cost using Gigabit Ethernet? Isn't TCP/IP bases storage networking the direction we're truly going and won't the adoption of iSCSI further that movement?

ANSWER: Well, there's a whole industry banking on your premise and I can point you to a host of vendors who would love to sign you up as both a beta site and reference. The truth is that iSCSI is a great promise for the future of storage but in today's reality, FC is a far more tested solution for complex storage environments. As to whether that will change and iSCSI will ultimately win – let's not forget the VHS/betamax fable. My crystal ball can't see that far.

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