Adoption of FCoE slower than expected

Posted on September 17, 2010


Earlier predictions pegged late 2010 for widespread adoption of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), but that has yet to materialize, according to an article posted on Enterprise Storage Forum.

ESF freelancer Christine Cignoli interviewed industry analysts about the state of FCoE adoption. Here are some sample quotes:

“The technology part is easy; it’s the people and process changes that are hard, and the cultural shifts,” says Bob Laliberte, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). “The storage guys don’t intend to work for the Ethernet guys. They know there are going to be winners and losers, and neither side wants to be the loser.”

“[FCoE] doesn’t save money, it doesn’t make it easier, and it causes more complicated organizational issues,” says Joe Skorupa, research vice president of data center transformation at Gartner. “You can converge storage and Ethernet using iSCSI and it works just fine.”

Skorupa also cited consolidating storage with NAS rather than block storage as an option: “And you don’t need CNAs [converged network adapters] to do that. Nothing happens overnight when you’ve got Fibre Channel’s $15 billion installed base.”

Read the full article on Enterprise Storage Forum: “FCoE Hype Still Outpaces Reality”

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