10Gbps Ethernet

I’m still not quite sure what kind of audience I pull in on this site, but I wanted to talk about 10Gbps ethernet. So, since I’ve been working with Fibre Channel, I’ve seen it go from 1Gbps to 2Gbps to more recently, 4Gbps. 4Gbps is still not quite widely adopted, and it still needed some improvements last I looked. Fibre Channel also offers a 10Gbps solution, but my understanding is that it is currently ISL (Inter-Switch Link) only.

Well, working at Network Appliance, we are the leaders in iSCSI technology. Many of the people believe here that iSCSI will be the future…especially with 10Gbps Ethernet’s adoption. See, people could run a private network at 10Gbps to handle their storage, and it would be simple, cheap, reliable, and FAST. (Sidenote: NetApp’s motto is Fast, Simple, Reliable.)

What do you think? Do you think fibre channel will be here to stay? Or, do you think that iSCSI could take over fibre channel once 10Gbps (or even 40Gbps) ethernet is here?

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James Burke
Frisco, TX