For months people have been asking me what I’m doing, and it’s been difficult to hold something like this under my hat because I’ve been really excited about this.
How the time has flown. I joined Cisco in June of last year, and on my first day my manager told me that I was going to be working on a new product -- an FCoE blade for the MDS 9500 Series Fibre Channel Directors. Read More »
Tags: FCoE, MDS, Multihop FCoE, Nexus 2000, Nexus 5000, Nexus 7000
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Soni Jiandani about the nature of innovation at Cisco. For those of you who know her, you know she knows a thing or two about bringing innovation to market. Soni is currently a VP in the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit. In a prior role, she was Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s LAN and SAN switching business unit within the Data Center, Switching and Wireless Technology Group, where she was responsible for the industry leading Catalyst modular switches and a comprehensive portfolio of intelligent SAN switches.
Omar Sultan: Soni, you often refer to the “Cisco Innovation Edge” -- What does this refer to?
Soni Jiandani: Specifically this refers to our ability to introduce technology innovations more quickly than the rest of the industry that deliver quantifiable benefits to our customers. This really speaks to our culture of being a customer-centric company. Throughout our history we have maintained a close collaboration with our customers in order to understand their current requirements and vision for how technology can benefit their business in the 3-5 year time horizon. By listening and then applying our technology expertise and experience of over 2 decades, we have been successful in driving many innovations into our architecture through custom silicon development. At the same time, we are often leading the charge to drive these innovations through the standardization process and providing engineering support for plug-fests and industry-wide interoperability efforts. We do this because we believe it is in the best interests of the customers, the industry and Cisco.
A recent example of this is Fibre Channel over Ethernet, a technology which is helping customers to save up to 50% on their data center infrastructure and operation by consolidating equipment and networks. We were the first company to introduce FCoE switching products in 2008 in our Nexus data center switches. At the same time we were helping to lead several industry-wide efforts which resulted in Lossless Ethernet and FCoE becoming official IEEE / INCITS standards in 2009. Our custom silicon development allows us to introduce innovations more quickly to our customers, allowing them to benefit through cost savings and more agile infrastructures. Once these innovations become standard and required by customers, they may then make it into merchant silicon; but often this can be several years later. That’s a significant “Cisco innovation edge” that delivers real value to our customers maximizing investment protection. We are on an innovation treadmill here. As we standardize Cisco innovations, we are constantly investing in the next set of innovations.
OS: There are a number of competent companies out there that make merchant networking silicon, so why does Cisco continue to commit R&D resources to make our own chips?
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Tags: Data Center Business Advantage, FCoE, innovation, Research and Development
In the old television show, “To Tell The Truth,” celebrity panelists would attempt to decipher the true identity of one of three people, two of which were imposters.
Sure, they looked alike, sounded alike, and had very similar characteristics, but there was only one genuine article.
As we move deeper into the capabilities of FCoE, it’s now starting to become obvious that people are starting to become more sophisticated about what happens beyond the first switch. Not surprising, we start getting a lot of possibilities that look and sound alike, but are not really bona fide multihop FCoE. Read More »
Tags: DCB Lossless, FCoE, FIP-Snooping, Multihop, Multitiering, VE_Ports
This came to me today from one of our customers who was extremely excited. We’ve heard about FCoE helping reduce cables, power and cooling costs, etc.
But while all the talk is good, having a couple of side-by-side photos really brings the point home. The below pictures are actual servers being used by a customer, and what happened when they started using FCoE.
FCoE, cabling before and after
Tags: cabling, FCoE
Here we go again.
I’ve put it off, and put it off, and put it off, because every time I think about writing a piece about FCoE and TRILL I think to myself, “Okay, is this really something that enough people are going to care about to make a difference?” And then one day someone pipes up and brings up TRILL again, and thus the cycle begins anew.
I wonder if it’s related to the new zodiac signs or something.
Because I’m a person who likes to think in visual pictures, I’m going to include some pretty pictures here to help make sure I don’t miss anything along the way. I’ll also try to avoid some of the technical jargon and make it more approachable. Sometimes ya just gotta bring things back to basics. Read More »
Tags: FCoE, FSPF, myths, STP, TRILL