NetApp is the first storage vendor to offer end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet by partnering with Brocade and QLogic. Not letting any depression about being denied Data Domain get in its way, NetApp is plunging whole-heartedly into Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoe), certifying and offering Brocade and QLogic Converged …
NetApp, a company which specialises in NAS and offers systems which are optimised to efficient file storage are the first to offer a block based FCoE solution... which negates the benefits WAFL.
This is a bit like buying a Ferarri and using it to tow a caravan. What is the betting that most customers wait for FCoE to mature and go for cheaper, dumb storage arrays?
What no cisco?
Kind of funny. I assume because Cisco's FCoE switches cannot connect to storage via FCoE(yet) is why NetApp went with Brocade. Because at least around here I've been to multiple conferences where the vmware consulting companies have been pimping VMware, NetApp and Cisco(for both servers and FCoE). Not even a mention of Brocade. This has been going on for at least 3-4 months now.
Give me "converged" storage via 10GbE+hardware iSCSI offload in 1 NIC/HBA(the iSCSI HBAs I have seen so far are HBA only not "converged"). FCoE is overhyped, the more I learn about it the less desire I have to use it, and the more I can see past the hype in it's ability to "consolidate" the data center.
Hmmmm I got the impression that Cisco had crawled into bed with EMC, hence the reason Cisco "snubbed" Netapp.
Not TWILL but TRILL
The acronym for Transparent Interconnect of Lots of Links is TRILL not TWILL, as I originally wrote in the story. I misheard Mr Brocade and have been corrected (thanks) by a reader's comment.