Fibre Channel and the Ethernet

Arthur Cole

Robin Harris over at poses some interesting questions about fibre channel this week, namely whether FCoE will be enough to prevent legions of users from shifting over to 10 GbE.


Ethernet costs are coming down in price just as the faltering economy puts the squeeze on enterprise spending. At what point will managers give up on the optimal performance of FC for the adequate performance of Ethernet SANs, especially when it comes to non-mission-critical applications?


Many FC vendors are banking on FCoE to stem the tide until 16G Fibre Channel technology is available. The thinking is it allows organizations to leverage both their existing Ethernet and FC investments.


Give the FC vendors credit for coming up with a creative solution to a difficult problem. But the challenge remains to get FCoE out of the laboratory and into the channel quickly, or risk losing customers who need to dial back their SAN expectations to make ends meet.

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