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Fibre Channel Over Ethernet: Where to Learn More?

This morning I spent some time with a collegue and friend of mine, who I deeply respect for his technical knowledge and, of course, we were discussing some of the elements of the Nexus 5000 launch that happened yesterday.He asked me a few questions, which made me realize that we will need to do a lot of work over the next couple of months to make sure that everyone, who is involved with Data Centers, has an opportunity to learn more.Hence, I decided to begin that process by sharing some hopefully useful tips with all of you. Read More »

Securing Data at Rest

This week brought a couple of important announcments from HP and EMC supporting Cisco’s Storage Media Encryption (SME) technology.http://www.byteandswitch.com/document.asp?doc_id=150282&WT.svl=news2_1http://www.byteandswitch.com/document.asp?doc_id=124653Of course there are many existing approaches to encrypting data at rest. Many tape drive vendors offer this capability and there are appliance vendors that do the same. But just like other intelligent storage services that once resided on a host, an appliance, or a target device, encryption services will likely migrate to the network. Read More »

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If you do, you may want to check the Cisco News Conference Live Webcast today.Post your feedback on this blog and let’s talk more about it this week.-- Dante

“Oops I Did It Again…”

Not sure why I wanted to quote the inimitable Britney Spears today as I sit in Honolulu. It could be the great weather. It could be the fun experience of ‘hanging’ with 2500 of our top partners. It could also be the fact I am idling for 45 minutes while my MacBook Air renders about an hour of video for me for a presentation I am doing in 2 hours -- not that I am stressed. Read More »

Unified Fabric – a Myth or a Reality?

April 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

The topic of”a unified fabric” has recently been generating some buzz in the blogosphere, with both advocates and skeptics weighing in. I actually think the question of”Myth or Reality” has been answered. We currently have customers that use both InfiniBand and iSCSI to create a unified fabric and each technology has staunch supporters. So, I think we are past the question of “if” and on to the question of”when?”So. what are the current inhibitors for broad-based adoption of a unified fabric? Read More »