September 24, 2009
There's a lot of discussion going on in the blogosphere today about storage technologies. Today, the subject is Fibre Channel vs Fibre Channel over Ethernet.
Technologically, they use the same protocol to transfer information , but FCoE utilizes (comparatively) cheaper ethernet technologies to transmit the data. Of course, cheaper is very much relative. The current discussion is about 10Gb ethernet. That's a LOT of money.
I was going to link to the big discussions going on, but Chuck's Blog does a good job of it.
I maintain my stance that regardless of what transport method we use to get the data where it's going, in a couple of years, we'll be using fiber. It's the only long term answer because it offers nearly unlimited throughput.
If you're wondering what all this stuff is talking about, see the Introduction to Enterprise Storage.