HP has added another brick to Brocade's wall by qualifying its host bus adapters with ProLiant servers, along with MSA and EVA drive arrays. HP will also ship Brocade's Fibre Channel over Ethernet switch. This HP support combines with an earlier IBM qualification to substantially strengthen Brocade's HBA offer. The HBA market is …
Willy waving stats
--"This claim is based on Brocade's assertion that its HBAs extend ProLiant I/O performance "to an industry-best" 500,000 IOPS per port, and that "Brocade HBAs provide twice the throughput of competing products."--
That's only enough IOPS for 4,000 (10K rpm) disks. Gee, do you think that will be enough?
IBM is supporting Brocade CNA
IBM is supporting both QLogic and Brocade CNAs for its System x servers. That makes Brocade equal to QLogic and Emulex in server vendor CNA qualification terms.
FCoE Reality? Really?
The Register should evaluate the real technology behind FCoE. It's a ruse. The real value was common software stacks from the Duopoly of Q & E. But, in reality, the stacks are being rewritten for Ethernet chips, thereby killing the value of the compatibility matrix of FC.
Ethernet is supposed to be cheap and ubiquitous. The world doesn't need yet another expensive HBA and a new protocol. Customers will not adopt, at least not for a long time to come.
Converged networks have been happening for nearly 20 years with NAS and iSCSI. Maintaining compatibility and interoperability through TCP/IP is the right answer. Qlogic and Emulex don't like that answer because they can't make 70pts of gross margin on Ethernet.
Keep it simple!