Author
 Frank Berry

Profile of Frank Berry

CEO, IT Brand Pulse
Blog Posts: 77

Frank Berry is CEO of IT Brand Pulse, a company that surveys customers about their perceptions on vendors and their products. Berry is a 30 year veteran of the IT industry including senior executive positions with QLogic and Quantum.

Articles by Frank Berry

vMotions a Killer App for 10GbE at Vonage

4/13/2012
Every year since the first Global 2000 company installed VMware, server virtualization has been at the core of more and more data center architectures. Vonage is one major corporation that is now making the leap, and its architects shared with me how 10 Gigabit Ethernet is playing a key role in how the organization handles vMotions.

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Dell Compellent: Third-Quarter Report Card

12/12/2011
In February, Dell acquired Compellent Technologies, a pioneer in virtualized storage. Are Dell customers better off? And are Dell shareholders getting their money's worth? Here are my third-quarter grades for the acquisition.

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QLogic Adds 5 Years To Fibre Channel

10/6/2011
On Sept. 28, QLogic extended its Adaptive Convergence Strategy by announcing a new portfolio of products, including FlexSuite adapters, Universal Access Point switches and iSR Intelligent Storage Routers. The strategy and new products represent some important advancements in converged networking.

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Calling It: Dell Acquires Brocade

6/2/2011
A Canaccord Adams report, "Dell Looks Poised for a Networking Move," seems to have merit, and industry insiders are claiming to have heard about the deal. The company is dramatically cutting expenses, and the Dell Storage Forum is going on next week, a perfect venue to announce the acquisition.

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Brocade Flexes Fabric Muscle At Technology Day Summit

5/5/2011
Last June, the industry embraced the introduction of the Brocade One architecture, VCS technology and VDX switches--which for the first time brought to life a new fabric network design for flatter scale-out in virtualized clouds. At its Technology Day Summit in San Jose, Brocade presented its vision for the fabric industry, unveiled its next-generation fabric architecture called CloudPlex and announced the availability of several new products.

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Brocade Unveils 1st Fabric Adapter Technology

5/2/2011
Analyst reports, press articles and the blogosphere are full of commentary about new fabric architectures from Brocade, Cisco and Juniper, that are designed for flatter scale-out in virtualized clouds, LAN/SAN convergence and 40/100Gbs performance. Brocade was the first to introduce this class of fabric with the unveiling of its Brocade One architecture, VCS technology and VDX switches in June of 2010. Cloud-optimized fabrics built with this class of technology connect virtual servers and their

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Emulex Gains Fibre Channel HBA Market Share Over QLogic In 2010

2/1/2011
In 2001, Emulex commanded 80 percent of the $25 million Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) market. QLogic unveiled the industry's first single-chip HBA in 2002, and leveraged its two-year technology lead into market share gains over Emulex in each of the following eight years. Emulex battled back starting in 2008, when the company regained share in various quarters, but still lost ground for the full years 2008 and 2009. Emulex momentum continued through 2010, when, for the first time since t

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IT Pros Vote Cisco in FCoE Switch Brand Leader Survey

1/28/2011
Cisco recently swept the FCoE Switch Brand Leader Awards for the second year in a row, based on responses from IT professionals who participated in an IT Brand Pulse Brand Leader Survey. The results demonstrate that the IT community recognizes the leadership role Cisco has played in converged networking and FCoE.

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Broadcom Raises the Bar for CNA Technology

1/26/2011
Broadcom recently unveiled the BCM578x0, its latest generation of 10Gbit Ethernet ASICs for LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) and NIC applications, and the first in a new class of converged network adapters (CNAs), or converged NICs (C-NICs). The new family of ASICs includes several innovations that raise the bar for CNA technology and provide a glimpse at the capabilities of the next generation of high performance Ethernet adapters.

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Brocade and Dell Enhance iSCSI Storage

1/25/2011
Since the introduction of iSCSI storage in 2004, the population of 1Gbit iSCSI storage arrays has grown to comprise almost a third of all disk arrays shipped each year. Connecting servers to all those 1Gbit iSCSI SANs requires only a generic port on a server LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) chip, or 1Gbit Ethernet NIC. No special Ethernet hardware or software is needed because IP networks don't discriminate between NAS/SAN storage traffic and LAN traffic. That's because the iSCSI protocol is transparent

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Mellanox and QLogic Play Duopoly

11/30/2010
On Monday, Mellanox said it will buy Voltaire for $8.75 per share, or about $218 million. Excluding Voltaire's cash, Mellanox is getting the company for about $176 million. The $200 million per year InfiniBand networking market is now a duopoly comprising Mellanox and QLogic, the two suppliers that design their own adapter and switch chips.

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Extreme Makeover: FalconStor Edition

11/12/2010
Founded in 2000, FalconStor is one of the companies that pioneered the current generation of advanced data protection software such as Virtual Tape Library (VTL), Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and Storage Virtualization. In 2007, after seven years of steady growth in shareholder value, the price for a share of FALC hit an all-time high of $13.90, and FalconStor's market cap almost reached $600 million. By November of 2008, FALC slid to an all-time low of $2.15--but the company continued to bu

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Modular LOM Coming To a Server Near You

11/6/2010
In the server market, where the use of industry standard components makes it difficult to design products that stand-out, new networking technologies offer the promise of differentiation. Higher performance 10GbE, convergence and virtualization are examples of important networking technologies that are still in the early stages of market adoption. Built on the DCB industry standard foundation, new 10 gigabit converged network adapters and switches are pouring into the market from traditional Eth

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Storage: A Dell Growth Engine

10/14/2010
The week's Dell EqualLogic User Conference in sunny San Diego wrapped up Friday, October 8th. I left the conference with a belief that storage will play a bigger role in Dell's future success. The following are the top ten reasons why storage will be a growth engine for Dell:

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EqualLogic User Conference: Michael Dell

10/8/2010
The highlight of day two at the EqualLogic User Conference in San Diego was the involvement of Michael Dell, whose company acquired EqualLogic in 2007. Mr. Dell walked the halls talking to end-users, presented a lively keynote and participated in a small Q&A for bloggers. The presence of Mr. Dell, an industry icon, delivered this message to conference attendees: EqualLogic customers are important.

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EqualLogic User Conference: The Virtual Era

10/6/2010
I believe iSCSI will emerge as the dominant type of storage area network (SAN) within five years, exceeding Fibre Channel and FCoE storage in external arrays shipped by 2015. Underneath this technology transition, the interaction between leading iSCSI vendors and data center managers is where the rubber hits the road. That means Dell's EqualLogic User Conference in rainy San Diego is the perfect place to hear the market leader's vision for the future, the reaction from IT professionals, and ulti

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Broadcom Doubles VMware CPU Efficiency

9/24/2010
A few weeks ago, VMware announced that vSphere 4.1 enables 10Gb iSCSI hardware offload in the Broadcom 957711 Converged NIC (C-NIC). Before VMware supported 10Gb iSCSI offload, data center managers connected their VMware servers to 10Gb iSCSI SANs using a combination of NIC hardware and fat iSCSI device drivers, a configuration where most of the iSCSI protocol processing is done by the VMware server. Now with vSphere 4.1, VMware supports the latest generation of converged C-NICs that use thin iS

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Virtual Instruments: Early Incumbents In The VIO Market

8/20/2010
Privately held Virtual Instruments is a company to watch. The company is a 2008 spin-out of Finisar Corporation that has established early incumbency in the nascent market for Virtual Infrastructure Optimization [VIO], the next big wave in management of information technology. Founded in 2008, the company is funded by a group of highly experienced, well known IT industry veterans including CEO John Thompson. The former CEO of Symantec Corporation, Mr. Thompson played a key role in the de

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QLogic Enters The Ethernet Switch Market

8/17/2010
On June 23, 2010, QLogic announced that its new FCoE ASIC, code-named Bullet, is now incorporated into the HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port modules used inside of HP blade servers. This marks an important design win for QLogic as well as a stealthy entry into the Ethernet switch market.

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Network Security Industry Working Group Forming

8/10/2010
If you're a Network Administrator or vendor, I'm sure you will benefit from an "apples to apples" comparison of test data on how effective your network security systems operate. To that end, a new consortium is being formed to develop an industry-standard test suite to achieve that goal. What does this all mean to you?

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QLogic: Out With The Old, In With The Old

8/5/2010
QLogic announced results for the first quarter of its fiscal 2011 in July. The company posted another quarter of exceptional profitability driven by cost-cutting. However, the good news was offset by the second consecutive quarter of declining revenue for both the company and its core host adapter business. Company revenue of $142.6 million in Q1 represented a quarter-over-quarter decline of 2.13 percent, with the core host adapter business down 1.16 percent quarter-over-quarter.

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A Small Step For VMware, A Giant Leap For iSCSI

7/30/2010
On July 13, VMware announced the introduction of vSphere 4.1 to "advance the foundation for cloud computing." Advancing the foundation of cloud computing is then broken down into five sets of enhancements. Within the category of enhancements called "increased performance through open integration with storage environments," lies a diamond in the rough. It's where you find that vSphere 4.1 enables 10Gb iSCSI hardware offload.

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3G C-NICs Address Mass Migration To 10GbE

7/13/2010
The long awaited mass migration from 1GbE to 10GbE technology is underway as IT organizations extend 10GbE outwards from the core of the data center to the edge. That translates to a need for a new generation of NICs that can deliver 10GbE performance today and converged network connectivity tomorrow. The days of application-specific servers are waning as dense compute nodes become the norm. New server deployments typically include multi-processor, multi-core servers heavily loaded with guest op

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Coyote Point E650GX: Server Virtualization 3.0 Embodied In An Application Delivery Controller

7/9/2010
In a previous article, I wrote about "Server Virtualization 3.0 and Load Balancing," where I discussed the importance of advanced load balancing solutions that allow VMware servers to provide proactive load balancing metrics. These load-balancers use the well-defined VMware API to query VMware and gather CPU load, memory utilization and other status information for virtual servers running under VMware. The focus of this article is the Coyote Point E650GX Application Delivery Controller and Virtu

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Brocade CNAs: Superior Real-World Performance | Easy Migration

7/1/2010
Brocade Communications serves the data center, which means the company is a high-performance networking company. Brocade is also still the new kid in town when it comes to network adapters. This means they can't be just as good as the competition, they have to be better. So the company set out to prove their Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) are the fastest, but first they had to choose one of two methodologies.

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Extreme Makeover Network Edition

6/25/2010
Extreme Networks is a company with a history of delivering high-performance, high-availability Ethernet switching technology. The company's very first product won Best of Show award at Networld+Interop, and by 2001 Extreme had won the award five consecutive years with one innovative 1Gb product after another. In 2002, the company introduced its BlackDiamond modular switches featuring leading-edge 10Gb technology. By 2002, annual revenues for Extreme rocketed to over $400 million. Between 2002 an

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HP BladeSystem G7 LOM: A Milestone For Converged Networks

6/24/2010
Converged networking is not an event. It's a continuous process that will unfold over many years. Seamless to customers, none of its many parts noticeably different from each other, but from the beginning and end, they are very different from each other. Within this continuum are milestones that stand-out because achieving them is required for convergence to succeed. One such milestone is the monumental decision by server vendors to embed a converged networking chip on their motherboards, a.k.a.

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Adaptec: R.I.P.

6/14/2010
On June 9, Adaptec Inc. announced it's changing its name to ADPT Corp. as part of the sale of its storage business, including the Adaptec brand, to PMC-Sierra Inc. Adaptec managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by missing the transition from direct-connect SCSI storage to networked storage. In 2010, a slew of companies find themselves at a similar inflection point.

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Emulex and ServerEngines Finally Wed

6/8/2010
As far as I know, there are no statistics for unmarried corporate partners, but Emulex and ServerEngines announced on June 7 they would join the 55% of couples that marry within 5 years of cohabitation and finally wed. It's easy to see why after test driving the car for only two years, that Emulex decided the performance of ServerEngines technology was outstanding and acquired the company.

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Broadcom Unveils World's First Converged NIC With iSCSI Offload On 10GBASE-T

5/3/2010
Broadcom is the de facto standard for 1Gb and 10Gb iSCSI host bus adapter (HBA) offload with shipments expected to exceed one million ports in 2010. This week the company made the 957711 dual-port network interface card (NIC), the world's first 10Gb converged NIC with iSCSI HBA offload to preserve server processor resources available to OEMs, and a 10GBASE-T physical interface for connection with low-cost RJ45 connectors and existing copper cabling. This is an important milestone in the developm

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Server Virtualization 3.0 And Load Balancing

4/21/2010
If you don't have hands-on experience, you might find it difficult to sort out what infrastructure will most effect your server virtualization deployment because even printer ink suppliers are claiming to make your virtual environment work better. But there are some products that, with tighter integration, can make a big difference. Best-in-class load balancing systems from Cisco, Coyote Point and F5 are great examples.

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iSCSI Watch: EMC and Emulex Do 10Gb

4/9/2010
On April 8, Emulex announced that its OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapters for 10Gb iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) are now available through EMC Select for use across the Connectrix, CLARiiON, Celerra and Symmetrix product lines. What stood out to me was that this marks the first 10Gb iSCSI connectivity solution available through EMC Select. Emulex hit three birds with one stone by tapping into the fast growing markets for iSCSI storage and 10Gb Ethernet (GbE), and by se

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Attack Ads Are Effective And Here To Stay

3/25/2010
Thanks to Verizon and their successful "There's A Map For That" commercials, technology companies believing they have a distinct competitive edge are feeling emboldened to follow Verizon's lead. Thanks to AT&T, victims of this type of advertising are suing and counter-attacking. AT&T publically claimed the ads were "blatantly false and misleading," then filed a false advertising lawsuit. The company is now counter-attacking with their "Side by Side" commercials that compare the overall 3G exper

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One Million IOPS: Moving The Data Center Bottleneck

3/9/2010
The first system administrator to ever upgrade a server undoubtedly experienced a mismatch in performance between the installed server and the new component. Since then, millions of data center managers have experienced first-hand the performance bottleneck constantly moving from one component in their data center to another. Have those years of experience stopped smart people in our industry from challenging whether it makes sense to deploy new generations of faster technology, because the new

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Is Emulex Running The HP Table?

3/2/2010
On February 26, Emulex announced that its OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapters are available from HP. This is a massive opportunity, given that HP is the largest OEM consumer of host adapters in the world. It is also significant because time-to-sales will be quick since the new HP-branded products are available for high-volume HP ProLiant rack, tower and blade servers. This also marks a ground floor opportunity for Emulex. These products are the first host adapters available from HP t

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Cisco Delivers Redundant Arrays Of Independent Datacenters: The New RAID

2/23/2010
On February 8, Cisco announced the introduction of new products that are part of an industry-wide continuum of cloud infrastructure development. One Cisco product, Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), stands out by dramatically simplifying the deployment of Layer 2 connections between datacenters to form Redundant Arrays of Independent "Datacenters" (RAID).

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Intel And Microsoft Overhaul iSCSI For The Enterprise

2/19/2010
I recently attended a webcast where Jordan Plawner of Intel and Suzanne Morgan of Microsoft described how the combination of Intel Ethernet Server Adapters, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Intel Xeon processor 5500 series-based servers are integrated to optimize iSCSI performance and scalability. I came away from a follow-up briefing with Jordan and Suzanne impressed with the potential benefits to large data centers, as well as the breadth of integration between Intel and Microsoft products

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Unified Communications Platforms: The Big Crunch Theory

2/10/2010
The communications universe has exploded outward in a Big Bang that now includes billions of people creating and accessing data from mobile phone applications, internet applications and corporate documents. Our inability to efficiently share and correlate all this raw data has slowed the acceleration of human productivity. As acceleration slows, the technology will experience a Big Crunch, the collapse into unified communications platforms.

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Broadcom Unveils Converged Network Adapter

1/29/2010
Broadcom Corporation officially entered the converged network adapter (CNA) war on December 15, 2009, at their analyst day event. At the event and in independent lab tests, the company demonstrated a 10 gigabit Ethernet adapter simultaneously running TCP/IP, iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet traffic on a single port. With multiple LAN and SAN protocols running on a single port, Broadcom leap-frogged the capability of its competition that must separate different types of traffic on different

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1 Million IOPS: A Small Step For Networks, A Giant Leap For Converged Network Adapters.

1/11/2010
Today, Emulex announced that its OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) doubled the performance of best-in-class 8Gb Fibre Channel HBAs and 10Gb Converged Network Adapters in side-by-side testing with competitive products from Broadcom, Brocade and QLogic. One of the standout statistics in the CNA performance test series was the 919,268 IOPS generated by a single port of the Emulex's OCe10102 card during the FCoE IOPS run. Considering the OCe10102 has just come out of the chute

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Brocade M&A Fire Still Burning

12/10/2009
Considering the recent maelstrom of speculation surrounding the possible acquisition of Brocade, the timing of the take-out provision in their Form 8-K is the smoke that tells us Brocade's M&A fire is still burning.

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BLADE: Juniper Networks' Trojan Horse

11/30/2009
While many are delighted by the availability of products from Juniper, a frontal assault on the biggest data center switch opportunities can bring together the corporate networking team and incumbent vendors to fortify their defenses against the barbarian. In these accounts Juniper now has a stealthy and powerful new weapon for penetrating data center networks, and for standing out in a crowded switch market: Ethernet blade server switches designed by BLADE and running Junos.

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Radar Picks Up CNA Growth In Q3

11/12/2009
On November 11, Emulex and QLogic issued press releases announcing their respective Fibre Channel HBA market share gains in Q3CY09. Emulex highlighted a 4 percent gain in the standalone 8Gb HBA segment while QLogic emphasized their strength in blade server mezzanine cards that led to a overall 1.9 percent gain in market share. As the two giants in the Fibre Channel HBA market slug it out for a percentage or two each quarter, the new market for CNAs is quickly appearing on the radar.

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Brocade: NOT FOR SALE

11/9/2009
I'm told at the Brocade sales meeting last week in Las Vegas, CEO Mike Klayko put up a slide that read "NOT FOR SALE." I for one am joining the Brocade sales team in taking it at face value and moving on. It's not going to happen, at least not now.

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Emulex Goes Elephant Hunting

11/4/2009
It appears the Emulex strategy is to be first-to-market with OEMs in the soon-to-be massive DCE-based NIC market, then build-out FCoE storage networking capabilities in a way that customers can deploy via field upgrades. This aggressive Elephant hunting strategy gives Emulex the highest probability of disrupting the status quo of the rapidly growing 10Gb segment of the NIC market.

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Brocade For Sale: QLogic Should Acquire Extreme Networks

10/6/2009
If HP acquires Brocade, expect the event to ripple through the industry. Other major server vendors will move to counter Cisco and HP by acquiring a similar array of Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter and switch technology. In this scenario, QLogic would be at or near the top of the list of acquisition targets, and QLogic shareholder value would soar....if the company has Ethernet switch technology and products to round out its portfolio.

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QLogic Supplying HP 8 Gigabit Virtual Connect: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

9/16/2009
The bad news is Brocade got the initial HP Virtual Connect 8 gigabit Fibre Channel design win almost a year ago and has been shipping modules since the end of April. Lucky for QLogic the majority of storage and SAN volume is still 4 gigabit so they have a chance to compete for the greater 8 gigabit volume that eventually will displace 4 gigabit completely. However they will compete for this business with a handful of field people surrounded by a massive installed base of Brocade switches and a

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Dell Deal Shows Why Brocade is Strategic to Server OEMs

9/15/2009
Thanks to Cisco, fabric-based server and unified networking technologies have suddenly become strategic assets to server OEMs. But only two networking vendors possess a complete portfolio of products that OEMs can tap for the technologies - Cisco and Brocade. Given that server OEMs don't seem to want to partner with Cisco these days, Brocade is in a unique position to help multiple OEM customers deploy these technologies on a broad basis similar to what Dell is doing. I also believe product plan

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IBM Virtual Fabric: Emulex Wins Battle In 10 Gigabit War

8/27/2009
IBM Virtual Fabric is made possible by 10 gigabit Ethernet switches from privately held Blade Network Technologies that are tightly integrated with 10 gigabit Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) exclusively from Emulex. IBM expects Virtual Fabric to be configured in a substantial percentage of BladeCenter systems that start shipping in Q4 of this year, which means Emulex has just won an important battle in the 10 gigabit CNA war.

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Brocade Q3: Sharp Vision And Execution

8/21/2009
During Brocade's Q3 conference call, CEO Mike Klayko sized up the "IP Ethernet Market" consisting of layer 2-3 switches, service provider routers and enterprise routers, at $34.5 billion. He pointed out that if Brocade wins 1% more of market share, it would grow by $300 million. All things considered, I believe that Mr. Klayko and Brocade are good for that 1% because they've demonstrated sharp vision and execution.

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The Hidden Value Of iSCSI Networks: Over $500 Million And Growing

8/17/2009
IT Brand Pulse gives credit for the rapid growth of iSCSI to Microsoft, who started shipping an iSCSI software driver with Windows in 2003. There will be 750,000 Ethernet host ports and 1.2 million Ethernet switch ports configured for iSCSI in 2009. An average sales price of $300 per port puts the value of the 1.95 million Ethernet iSCSI host and switch ports that will ship in 2009 at $585 million.

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Emulex Q4: Carpe Diem

8/9/2009
Given that Emulex also gained Fibre Channel HBA market share in the December quarter, this marks the second time in the last 3 quarters that Emulex has gained market share. It appears that Emulex has indeed seized the day as well as put a stake in the ground in the competition for Fibre Channel HBAs.

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Now Is The Time For Voltaire To Acquire The InfiniBand Business of Qlogic

8/4/2009
Qlogic has world-class InfiniBand ASIC technology that Voltaire needs. As for Qlogic, the company will generate about $30 million in InfiniBand switch revenue in 2009, less than 10% of overall revenue. Selling the InfiniBand switch business to Voltaire would allow Qlogic to focus on their core business of storage controllers and host bus adapters.

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150 Million Reasons Why Cisco Is Targeting FICON

8/3/2009
Customers are pausing at the 8 Gigabit technology inflection point to re-evaluate their installed base of storage networking products and vendors - including an installed base of FICON directors dominated by Brocade with old McData and Inrange products. IT Brand Pulse estimates that Brocade owns 75% of the FICON Director installed base.

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Mellanox Q2FY10 Earnings: Blasting thru the Macro

7/23/2009
Yesterday Mellanox announced second quarter revenues of $25.3 million for the period ended June 30, 2009. The company's results shine brilliantly through dreary global economic conditions that are smothering their competitors. After declining for two consecutive quarters that correspond with the bail-out period; Mellanox revenue bounced back onto the growth track with a strong 12% quarter over quarter increase.

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Qlogic Q1FY10 Earnings: Growth Engine Needed

7/22/2009
Since peaking at $171.2 million in Q2FY09, Qlogic revenues have declined for the third consecutive quarter by a total of $48.4 million. In my opinion the magnitude of the decline is an indicator that it's not all due to "the macro." I believe slowing Qlogic revenues also reflect the continuous decline of the Fibre Channel market thus the need for the company to build or buy an engine for growth.

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Storage Virtualization 3.0

7/15/2009
Server virtualization is so new and the rate of deployment is so red-hot that people are saying it's going to drive a similar trend of storage virtualization. But the fact is logical representations of physical storage have been around for a long time - we just haven't used the term "storage virtualization." To put the evolution of storage virtualization in perspective, I propose there are two distinct eras that we've already experienced and a third well-defined era on the way.

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InfiniBand Port Counters Reset: Market Reconfigured

6/29/2009
I expect competition in the all important Director Switch arena to really heat up in the second half of 2009 as vendors attempt to capitalize on the QDR inflection point to grab market share and fill the void left by Cisco. I expect the new 864-port QLogic 12000, 648-port IS5000 from Mellanox and the 324-port Grid Director 4700 from Voltaire to begin shipping to end-users in the second half of 2009. Unveiled last November at SC08, the QLogic 12000 stands out in this new class of huge InfiniBand

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Virtual Instruments: Imagine an MRI in every home

6/23/2009
Imagine if there were MRIs with hardware so affordable and software so friendly that we could all have one in our home. Instead of using the procedure only after a doctor was unable to diagnose our condition, we would step into our home MRI each morning for a preventative look deep into our internal organs. A spin-off of Finisar in 2008, Virtual Instruments is an exciting new company that has taken existing pieces of very sophisticated technology, added some more sophisticated technology, and

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Cisco on FCoE: Masters of Convergence

6/19/2009
I am completely amazed at how the masters of convergence somehow managed to get several football teams (Fibre Channel vendors) and soccer teams (InfiniBand vendors) to play for all the marbles in a new basketball (Ethernet) league against the perennial world champion Cisco team. I think Cisco is well positioned to succeed in the new league.

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Brocade HBA Business Poised for Growth

6/12/2009
Brocade has won designs and completed qualifications at EMC, HDS, HP and IBM. This is a strong testament to OEM confidence in Brocade technology and OEM belief there is substantial customer demand for Brocade-brand HBAs.

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IBM and FCoE: The Unified Networking Superstore

6/5/2009
Depending on adoption cycles, 16-Gbps Fibre Channel could delay the emergence of native 10-Gbps FCoE storage. And iSCSI could be the spoiler, giving customers the Ethernet-based unified networking they want. FCoE from then on serves as a bridge to what becomes legacy Fibre Channel and FCoE storage.

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Intel and FCoE: The Power of Incumbency

5/28/2009
The Open FCoE initiative will eventually succeed because everyone but QLogic and Emulex wants to leave behind the proprietary driver model that has been the basis of expensive Fibre Channel adapters for years. I believe Intel's approach is a winner and clearly stems from the experience of a company that is the incumbent leader in an adapter market where over 100 million ports migrated to 1 GbE.

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