Despite the enormous success and sophistication of Ethernet for data networking, the technology has taken a back seat to Fibre Channel for storage networking and InfiniBand for server networking. A few years ago the Ethernet vendors set their sights on those markets and appear to be closer than ever to addressing the relative shortcomings of Ethernet for storage and server networking.
Fibre Channel has been so successful that the Ethernet community was forced to imitate features of Fibre Channel in order to vie for a bigger slice of the future storage networking pie. They started by implementing 100% backwards compatibility and by matching the higher bandwidth and lossless capability of Fibre Channel in CEE / FCoE.
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. View Full Bio