J Metz

Sr. Product Manager

Data Center Group

J Metz - the man with the funny-spelled name - is a Product Manager Cisco's Data Center Group. Recently, the primary focus of his work was involved in the promotion, evangelizing, and development of FCoE and Fibre Channel products and technology in the Data Center, both in and out of Cisco.

Now, his role has expanded to include a broader aspect of the Cisco portfolio, including SDN and Programmability. Data Centers are constantly evolving, and so is the bigger picture.

Driving forward with a passion for innovation and raising the technology bar to the next human level, J is committed to providing clarity among the clanging gongs, quality amidst the clutter. Additionally, J sets goals for promoting the understanding of solutions that have real-world impact: driving costs down, productivity up, and pushing the envelope of getting things done.

J received his Ph.D from the University of Georgia and has worked as a university professor and entrepreneur before turning to the corporate world.


April 10, 2014


The Napkin Dialogues: “Open”-ing up to SDN

I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent individual. Well, perhaps “reasonably” is a debatable term; just ask my friends. Or my wife. (Then again, don’t ask my wife.) Reasonable or not, though, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around what all this “software defined” stuff is supposed to mean, and I have to […]

September 24, 2013


Thoughts and Observations: Software Defined Storage

Last week I had the rare pleasure of being able to attend a storage conference (rare in the sense that I usually am one of the speakers, rather than one of the attendees). It was SNIA’s Storage Developer’s Conference, and like most events there were both things that were interesting and worthwhile, and things that […]

September 12, 2013


Storage Distance by Protocol, Part IV: Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

In the past articles we’ve talked about doing distance extension for SANs, focusing first on building the physical elements that are required, before moving on to how Fibre Channel can be extended using buffer credits. In this article we’re going to talk about how it is best to think of extending Fibre Channel over Ethernet […]

September 10, 2013


Storage Distance by Protocol, Part III – Fibre Channel

In Napkin Dialogues fashion, we learn about how Fibre Channel is used in long-distance situations.

September 9, 2013


Storage Distance by Protocol, Part II – Physical Layer

In the second part of the FibreChannel and FCoE distance series, we learn about how the physical layer is critical for understanding storage distances before we ever get to the protocol.

September 9, 2013


Storage Distance by Protocol – FC, FCoE, and FCIP, Part I

Understand how distance intersects with the choice of Fibre Channel, FCoE, FCIP, and iSCSI storage protocols.

March 27, 2013


Fibre Channel Standards, Speeds and Feeds, and Generation “X”

Okay, I have a confession to make. I’ve been somewhat amused by Brocade’s recent “Gen 5” Fibre Channel campaign. After all, the idea that “we’re going to simply call 16G Fibre Channel something other than 16G Fibre Channel and pretend that people will not figure out that it’s really just 16G Fibre Channel” is, well, amusing!

March 2, 2013


The Napkin Dialogues: Lossless iSCSI

We bring out the napkins again to discuss lossless iSCSI and its design implications

November 19, 2012


UCS Multihop FCoE In Under an Hour

With no prior experience with UCS Manager or vSphere 5.0, I managed to configure Multihop FCoE on the new UCS 2.1 release in under an hour.