Achieving Network Convergence: Deploying FCoE Into the Data Center

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Executive Summary

Many enterprise data centers rely on Ethernet for their Local Area Network (LAN) and data traffic and on Fibre Channel (FC) networks for their storage infrastructure. With increased adoption of 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) in the data center, the availability of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and new lossless 10GbE technologies, it is now possible to consolidate FC Storage Area Network (SAN) data flows with LAN and data traffic onto the same unified Ethernet cable. Network convergence will enable enterprises to preserve their existing investments in FC storage, reduce data center costs and complexity, and simplify network management. Although the benefits of using FCoE are quite compelling, many companies today are still waiting to deploy the technology.

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