Here are five quick questions with Joel an Intel® participant at the University of New Hampshire(UNH) Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) show earlier in the year:

1)      Question who are you and what do you do?
My name is Joel and I do Windows* FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) validation lead work.

2)      What is the big difference between Windows FCoE and Linux* FCoE?
Besides one being open source and the other not, Windows, in general, has more external components to interface with so our design reflects that.  For an end user, you won’t see the extra work if we’ve done our job right, and this plugfest is helping to prove it all works.  With our Windows offering we also have to integrate with the PROSet® GUI, while Linux is just command line.  With Linux you’ll get FCoE, typically as part of your distro, while with Windows we have to do a bunch of install work, since it will only come from Intel media.  We do talk between teams quite a bit and during this show I was driving the Linux console as much as the Windows one. 

3)      What’s the best part about this type of event?
Besides the social events at the brew pub?  The chance to work with other industry leaders during the development of this cutting edge technology.  We are really at the front of an exciting transition and seeing all of our hard work paying off and resulting in highly compatible software.  Did I mention UNH provides some really great food for us?

4)      What’s your least favorite part of the show?
Sometimes things don’t work, and some of the testing we do requires highly structured setups that means there is some hurry up and wait time.

5)      What drew you to FCoE work?
I’ve always been drawn to cutting edge work and I’m excited to be working on a technology that will actually end up shipping!  I started with DCB and just naturally moved over to FCoE since the two are so close together.  Since I had been doing Ethernet for so long, it was exciting to do storage work, and I look forward to keep helping to merge storage and Ethernet with more of a personal focus on the storage part.