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No Fibre, No Worries: Why OpenStack Doesn’t Need Fibre Channel Support

No Fibre, No Worries: Why OpenStack Doesn’t Need Fibre Channel Support
Eric Wright, vExpert, Cisco Champion

OpenStack is on a path to become a juggernaut in the cloud computing space and there are many exciting discussions building around all of the OpenStack projects, and how each of them are evolving and expanding to meet new requirements for customers.

The Unspoken Truth: People Love Fibre Channel

Although the marketing materials that are flying around the storage consumer ecosystem would indicate that NFS and iSCSI are the only way forward, there are a significant number of existing Fibre Channel storage implementations, and many more still being purchased today.

For OpenStack to succeed in bringing on existing data centers in conjunction with green field deployments, it could be important for the storage ecosystem for Cinder to embrace fibre channel. In fact, the provisioning of storage in an OpenStack environment is already seeing some powerful orchestration in place to work with FC fabric environments to add zoning into the provisioning process for FC using OpenStack frameworks.

There are clearly two camps on this subject, and I was inspired by what I saw recently as Stephen Foskett and Dr. J Metz chatted on the subject, so I recommend that you read up on Stephen’s take on Why OpenStack Doesn’t Need Fibre Channel Support and you can judge for yourself where you feel it may be going.

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