While I continue to scratch my head about who is foolish enough to actually deploy FCoE, perhaps a more important question is which vendors care about it ?
Answer ? Brocade and Cisco.
- It could be because they are the only two companies who offer FibreChannel networking products in a low growth legacy market. “Keep buying that FibreChannel, we have a migration strategy all worked out” and all that.
Cisco use FCoE to differentiate its UCS servers. Combined with being the only vendor to implement FEX/802.1BR networking and fancy network adapters as a default.
Brocade gets to make chummy deals with storage companies like EMC where FibreChannel is still what customers want but realise FC is too slow for high speed storage.
FibreChannel is like the figurative Cheshire Cat that smiles as it slowly fades from view while most people just want to shout “hurry up and get on with it”.
Of course, lots of other companies give lip service to FCoE. Dell, HP, Lenovo etc etc don’t want to say no to the customer but they aren’t leading with their “FCoE Strategy” like Cisco & Brocade.