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Off late, Ethernet is a predominant network choice for interconnecting resources in the data center. It is ubiquitous and well understood by network engineers and developers worldwide, and it has stood the test of time against challengers trying to displace it as the popular option for data center network environments. However, emerging demands by applications require additional capabilities in networking infrastructures, resulting in deployment of multiple, separate, application-specific networks. It is common for enterprise data centers to deploy an Ethernet network for IP traffic, Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SANs) for block mode SCSI traffic, and maybe even an InfiniBand fabric for high-performance computing clusters.
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