Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Steps to converged Ethernet

The vision of a converged Ethernet net in the data center continues to be a moving target, but chip makers are moving toward it. NetXen, ServerEngines and others are moving to 5 GHZ PCI Express and the Express I/O virtualization standard. Their efforts will help deliver better throughput for their 10G Ethernet chips.

But still out on the horizon is the Fibre Channel over Ethernet standard which reported progress yesterday. By this time next year I expect these companies and their counterparts will be announcing support for FCoE.

Meanwhile the software development efforts are “massive,” according to Kim Brown of ServerEngines. Case in point: the company’s chip was complete in March 2006 and its initial software for TOE and iSCSI shipped last month. Oi vay!

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