QLogic, in the stagnant and low-growth adapter businesses, has announced weak quarterly results, and is pinning its hopes on ASICs and soon-to-be-revealed new server-based products unlike anything it has produced before. Q primarily sells adapters that connect servers to networks such as the Fibre Channel HBAs (Host Bus Adapters …
The decline of Fibre-Channel?
This article underpins the inevitable decline of expensive and complicated FC kit in the face of Ethernet-based solutions that are:
Ubiquitous, nearly as fast and cheap!
With a move to Object Storage and scale-out NAS, iSCSI will serve the block space, but also begin a slow, relative decline. Let's face it, blocks are going out of fashion. Bring on the clouds!
Fibre Channel sucks.
Just replaced an FC SAN and fabric for a customer with 10GbE iSCSI. Blows FC out of the water in terms of performance and flexibility, not to mention that VMware seems to boot about 10x quicker with FC HBAs uninstalled...
So are Q finally going to announce those HBAs with the built in flash/storage cache ?
They could cleanup in the market before EMC/Dell/NetApp/FusionIO/LSI whomever take it.
Wow - management with clue!
Cutting back on marketing and admin to focus on engineering? That has to be a world first!