There has been a lot of activity with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) over the last couple of months. In June, the T11 FC-BB-5 group ratified the standard. Cisco has started shipping their Unified Computing System (UCS) which integrates FCoE – see EMC’s full support statement and a whitepaper showing UCS support with VMware and EMC Storage.
In examining FCoE, the technology maturation and cultural impacts of converged networking must be considered. There are two upcoming webcasts that will examine these issues.
First, Dave Vellante of Wikibon will be hosting The Business Impact of Converged IT.
DATE: Tuesday, August 11, 2009; TIME: 12:00-1:00 pm PT / 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Free registration at http://info.emc.com/mk/get/AMA00017798_LP?reg_src=IN
It will be a discussion with customers looking at both the storage and networking groups and how convergence will affect their operations. One of the great things about FCoE is that for customers that have Fibre Channel (FC) today, their current applications and storage management practices can continue unchanged; as shown in the diagram below, above the adapter and in the SAN, the packets are still FC.
In the second webcast, I will be presenting The Journey Towards the Converged Data Center: Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI.
DATE: Wednesday, September 2, 2009; TIME: 11:00 am-12:00 pm PT / 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Free registration at http://info.emc.com/mk/get/18233_raf_lp
It is the September installment of the EMC Innovation Lecture Series, you can find links for upcoming and archived presentations on the EMC Community Network site. I will discuss the history of technologies that have attempted to provide a single network for all traffic, how we are now developing solutions that will allow us to reach this ultimate goal and how we expect the solutions to mature over time. As noted futurist Paul Saffo has stated, change never happens linearly, it happens as an S-curve where we overestimate how fast change will start and underestimate how fast it will take off once it gets going.
For more FCoE information including videos and presentations, please see my old blog site http://nohype.tumblr.com/tagged/fcoe
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