Posted by: Taylorallis
Cloud, EMC, FCoE, hp, ibm, iSCSI, RSA, sun
- See the Tweek N Storage (2-20-09)
- Taylor’s Take on Delicious (2-20-09)
- Listen to Beth’s Storage Headlines
- The Storage Buzz: In: RAID 6 | 5 Minutes Ago: RAID 5 | Out: RAID 10
Sun jumbles key management picture
Right after EMC/RSA, HP, and IBM proposed a new Key Management protocol through OASIS, Sun releases an open-source protocol. Sun says the proposed OASIS protocol is lower-level – which wouldn’t surprise me. But OASIS claims its protocol will address more devices (disk, tape, laptops, mobile devices, switches, applications). This also doesn’t surprise me as the Sun protocol got its roots in Tape Drive encryption, and OASIS members (esp RSA) play in multiple areas of the market. Another standards battle to watch, although the majority of vendors are with OASIS…
Brocade sees slowdown in convergence demand
Quick primer: iSCSI sends SCSI commands in TCP/IP over Ethernet = cheaper SANs. FCoE maps FC natively over Ethernet = iSCSI competitor. Stephen Foskett gives a great summary of the FCoE vs. iSCSI battle. So now Brocade has slowed its FCoE rollout – but is this because market demand is low; or Brocade is focusing more on its FC roots in this tough economy? (Be sure to read Scott Lowe’s excellent question on his blog post, “Is Unified Fabric an Inevitability?”
Storagezilla: Emulex converges
While we are talking convergence, Mr. Zilla gives a great summary of the recent Emulex convergence announcements. It was a good week for the HBA player – they celebrated their 30th anniversary, rang the bell at the NYSE, and announced a ton of new products. New products include their Universal Converged Network Adapter (CNA) called OneConnect which handles multiple network protocols (Ethernet, FC, iSCSI); as well as their EmulexSecure Encryption HBA.
Storage industry debates standardized cloud API
Moving on from Key Management protocols…..now we need to hash out Cloud protocols! A standard API for moving data in and out of the cloud. My take is that it is way too early for this. Startups will try to make a standards play to get more traction, Amazon won’t play unless they really need to. And today Amazon is the furthest ahead in the Cloud race – so they don’t need to. How easy Clouds are to access and utilize is still a differentiator for companies – so any standard is far off in my book.