Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is here now - at last that's according to Intel, which has thrown its weight behind and released code for a new FCoE initiative.Called Open FcoE, the plan is to allow all Fibre Channel signals to traverse a single network, using a single adapter -- that'll be one of Intel's of course, specifically the X520.
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Manek Dubash is an analyst and journalist with over 30 years experience. Focused on business technology, he observes and comments on enterprise infrastructure issues for a range of industry-influential websites. His work has appeared in national newspapers as well as specialist technology journals and websites. He has also held senior posts on major newsstand magazines, including PC Magazine where he was editor-in-chief, and has worked with analysis and research companies such as Datamonitor and STL Partners.
With security and fears of data leaving the country at the top of IT managers' list of concerns about cloud computing, the announcement today by service provider Rackspace that it will locate its cloud infrastructure for UK customers in the UK will be noted by those looking for a large enterprise hosting provider. It means that Rackspace's data – sorry, I mean your data -- will be stored and processed without leaving the country.
This year, the growth in cloud computing is set to accelerate if you listen to the vendors of cloud computing services and software. But can it, when fundamental questions remain unanswered?
It's par for the course that, at the start of the year, there'll be loads of predictions -- mostly about the future....So how about some predictions of your own?
Looking back on the previous year's events is a time-honoured way to end the year -- but since this is also effectively the end of the naughties decade, I've decided to have a trawl through the last ten years.What's interesting is that the same discussions were going on 10 years ago that are happening today -- we're just calling them different things.
So Dell and storage array vendor Compellent have all but tied the knot, pending agreement form Compellent's shareholders which, while not a done deal, looks highly likely.There's an interesting analysis of the deal here, which points out that Dell acquired Compellent for considerably less than it would have paid for 3PAR, for which it lost a bidding war against HP in September.
It's a tough business, selling fresh air but that's what datacentre builders are now doing.Over 70 percent of datacentres are over seven years old, according to IBM, so new datacentre builds need to take account of new technologies and techniques.
Cloud computing, while the mot du jour, still has a long way to go, according to a recent survey published by cloud provider Savvis.It surveyed 172 CIOs in LinkedIn's CIO group and found that security is a critical factor in the decision on whether or not to go to the cloud.
So farewell then, Novell.With its acquisition by Attachmate -- yes, Attachmate -- Novell is no more.
It's a tough ask, basing a business on fresh air -- but that's what APC is now doing.After years of selling its InfrastruXure range of datacentre products, which plug together to provide an enclosed cooling design for rack-mounted servers, APC is now saying that fresh air is what you need to cool your computers.
Apple is getting out of the server business - no, don't act surprised: it's been selling servers since 2002. But after eight years trying -- well, not actually trying very hard -- to sell the rack-mounted Xserve, it's quietly announced [PDF] that, after 31 January 2011, it will no longer sell them.
Networks in datacentres have consisted of three tiers for a number of years - it may even run into decades. But that looks like it's about to change....
I've just finished a conversation with Andreas von Bechtolsheim, Sun's co-founder, who is in London this week for IP Expo, at which he was speaking about Arista and its high-performance 10 gigabit datacentre switches.Bechtolsheim was happy to speak openly about his regrets over the Oracle acquisition of what was his baby.
IBM's recently announced the Storwize V7000, a new mid-range storage system, which the company reckons is "optimised for workloads such as transaction processing and real-time analytics". Mid-range for IBM means a tactical deployment of servers costing under US$150,000.
Phoenix, Arizona in the US has an average annual temperature of over 22 degrees, soaring to over 40 degrees in summer. It's not the most intuitive place to put a datacentre, yet a company recently launched a 180,000 square foot co-location centre there.