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Rob

What do I think?
I think what I circulated internally today:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/15/fcoe_io_kill_iscsi/

Bad timing

Xiotech's chief technology officer, Steve
Sicola, not only thinks this is the way
things will play out [iSCSI - buh-buh] but
that it could substantially reduce the
value of Dell's EqualLogic acquisition.
Dell spent $1.4bn buying EqualLogic's iSCSI
market technology late last year and now
the whole iSCSI market looks set to be
killed by FCoE. Bad move, guys.


FCoE levels the block-level access playing
field. There's no longer the marketing
distinction between a Fibre Channel array -
fast, costs more - and an iSCSI array -
slower, less reliable access, cheaper. It's
all Fibre Channel. The distinction will
move to the media inside the array and the
array software. So all iSCSI array vendors
will need to rethink their marketing
propositions and retool their product
strategies.

There is no way out for iSCSI. It's at war
and FCoE is the killing field.

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I'd quote the whole thing, but that's probably a copyright violation. The embedded points pretty much support the author's premise. iSCSI - Game Over

Chuck Hollis

Interesting perspective, but I don't see it so black-and-white.

People use iSCSI today in smaller settings -- a lot. It doesn't take a storage background to set up. And, as Chad Sakac tells me, it's nice to be able to ping your storage array :-)

If we shift the focus to "preferred management models", perhaps we'll see a more balanced picture.

Although I believe that anyone who invested heavily in "the strategic future of iSCSI in the enterprise" was probably reading the wrong analyst report.

Thanks for sharing ...

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