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One of the bright spots in Dell's business these days is its networking unit, which doubled its sales last year thanks in large part to the acquisition of Force10 Networks nearly two years ago. Now Dell has to keep pace with its many competitors in the networking racket – which it has just done with the launch of a new modular …

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price/value

Unless rack space is at a premium, customers would find more value in simply buying an ethernet switch and a fibre channel switch separately. And with fibre channel, switches are almost always deployed in pairs, so there is limited value to convergence.

This little switch might be just the thing for a remote node (say, a disaster recovery setup) in a distant colocation facility somewhere. One of these, a decent filer, and a box full of KVM or VMware blades, and you've got a data center in a can ready to handle your DR needs.

Still, with 10 Gbps Ethernet now affordable and NFS handily outperforming Fibre Channel (NetApp for the win!) I see little value in deploying dual media at this scale.

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Re: price/value

Agreed with everything you said up until the NFS plug.

When did Netapp tell you NFS had started outperforming FC ?

I do know some quite large Netapp customers who would very much disagree on that front.

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That is not a pizza box.

Pizza boxes are like the old sparcstation shape.

Guess it is fashionable these days to redefine meanings whenever you feel like it.

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Exactly. They got their name because they were flat, square, and the lid tilted open like a pizza box. The 3/80 was the first one, IIRC, not the SPARCstation.

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Good machine

But ti does not look like the pizza box at all. The fact of being flat does not make them pizza boxes.

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