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The Future of Storage Networking — Will This Picture Ever Change?

Published: 19 March 2018

ID: G00351834

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa , Julia Palmer


NVMe over Fabrics' hype suggests that Fibre Channel's dominance in storage protocols is coming to an end. I&O leaders responsible for storage should ignore the hype and match storage transport to the platform and use case, be it traditional array, HCI or infrastructure software-defined storage.

Table Of Contents
  • Impact


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Culture, the Installed Base, and Emerging Use Cases and Workloads Will Drive Decisions — Not New Technologies
  • Recommendations
    • Focus on Installed Base and Storage Networking Expertise When Considering Upgrades to Your Existing Storage Arrays
    • Upgrade Ethernet for File and Object Storage Deployments
    • Evaluate Ethernet for All New Storage Needs
    • Deploy New Protocols as Part of Converged, Hyperconverged or ISDS Deployments for Latency-Sensitive Workloads

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