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  • Can Fibre Channel survive Ethernet's assault?

    Expensive and specialised Fibre Channel SANs have been under assault as companies consolidate data traffic over Ethernet. With Fibre Channel disks already largely eliminated from the market by SAS, can networking gear be far behind?

  • Why is converged I/O in data centres taking so long?

    So if converging the I/O infrastructure in data centres is all the rage, what's taking IT shops so long to do it?

  • Five things I love about working with Ubuntu Linux

    As I put the finishing touches on my 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux experience, I am taking the time to reflect on the highs and lows of the last month. Yesterday I shared my five biggest complaints about working with Ubuntu Linux, and now today I will list the five things I appreciated the most.

  • How Fibre Channel over Ethernet went from fee to free

    With demand for FCoE more sluggish than vendors had hoped, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch and adapter makers are making it available for free.

  • Window 7's XP Mode and other computer networks

    RonE asked the Windows forum why Windows 7's XP Mode can't see other computers on the network. It can access the Internet.

  • Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI: The war continues

    In the beginning there was Fibre Channel (FC), and it was good. If you wanted a true SAN - versus shared direct-attached SCSI storage - FC is what you got. But FC was terribly expensive, requiring dedicated switches and host bus adapters, and it was difficult to support in geographically distributed environments. Then, around six or seven years ago, iSCSI hit the SMB market in a big way and slowly began its climb into the enterprise.

  • FCoE vs iSCSI over Ethernet

    Even though FibreChannel over Ethernet gets all the hype, iSCSI over Ethernet is just as capable of converging or unifying data centre servers, storage and networking, proponents say.

  • 10G Ethernet: can copper cut the mustard?

    10GBase-T and other specs for 10G Ethernet over copper cabling are coming, but could this be the generation where fibre connectivity remains dominant?

  • Open source and OLPC could boost wireless mesh

    The finished IEEE standard for wireless mesh networks is still a way off - but open source and the OLPC look like getting it into use quickly

  • The network manager's (free) toolkit

    10 great free downloads for your network.

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