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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
04/13/2012

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
10/06/2011

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
06/02/2011

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
05/05/2011

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
05/02/2011

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...

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Emulex Gains Fibre Channel HBA Market Share Over QLogic In 2010
02/01/2011

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...

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IT Pros Vote Cisco in FCoE Switch Brand Leader Survey
01/28/2011

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
01/26/2011

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
01/25/2011

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...

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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...

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Modular LOM Coming To a Server Near You
11/06/2010

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...

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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
10/08/2010

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
10/06/2010

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...

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Broadcom Doubles VMware CPU Efficiency
09/24/2010

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...

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Virtual Instruments: Early Incumbents In The VIO Market
08/20/2010

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...

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QLogic Enters The Ethernet Switch Market
08/17/2010

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
08/10/2010

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
08/05/2010

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...

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A Small Step For VMware, A Giant Leap For iSCSI
07/30/2010

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
07/13/2010

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-...

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