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Tom Trainer
Tom Trainer

Bets Continue To Be Placed On The FCoE Horse Race

Well, we just hit a milestone in storage: considered the world's largest storage company, EMC is now implementing QLogic FCoE technology across its entire product line. This is definitely an inflection point - imagine how many FCoE cards EMC and QLogic will jointly ship. Clearly the FCoE adoption rate will accelerate now that EMC is behind this a single chip connectivity product.

Let me call it like I see it:  QLogic is already providing a standard CNA, a mezzanine CNA and 10Gb CEE Pass-Thru Module for IBM's BladeCenter - they have FCoE all over the BladeCenter platforms. Emulex is taking ServerEngines' Ethernet NIC, re-branding it as Emulex, and calling that a design win.  It seems as though Emulex's strategy is to port its FC STACK to ServerEngines Ethernet NIC and create a UCNA - quoting a source within a very well known California based storage company, "Well, the UCNA has yet to materialize, so now they are announcing 'design wins' for someone else's Ethernet NIC technology."

In this blog, I wrote about EMC, Emulex, and QLogic primarily because these three vendors have been in the news this week and last.  Other vendors, including Brocade, and Cisco are in the horse race and some are betting on them for win, place, or show.  We will continue to monitor them and write about their activities.  

So all of this brings us right back around to where we started.  It's probably time for a graphic to illustrate the horse race well underway, and to characterize the players with a leaderboard.  I'll be sure to add both to my next blog.

Tom Trainer is founder and president of analyst firm Analytico. Prior to founding Analytico, Trainer was Principal Storage Product Marketing Manager at Red Hat, and Director of Marketing at Gluster prior to its acquisition by Red Hat. Tom has worked as managing senior partner ... View Full Bio
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