Converged Storage Infrastructure for VMware vSphere 4.1 With Broadcom 10GbE and 1GbE iSCSI C-NICs

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Executive Summary

Enterprise and cloud/data center storage requirements, costs, and management investments continue to increase exponentially. With the availability of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) technology and its favorable economics, IT managers are no longer able to justify a completely separate Fibre Channel (FC) capital expenditure (CAPEX)/operation expenditure (OPEX) network investment just for storage. Ethernet with iSCSI protocol enables a converged data center fabric with zero host-connection costs, extreme performance, enterprise-class functionality, and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Further benefits of an iSCSI-converged Ethernet storage solution include: The existing IT infrastructure, knowledge base, and expertise can be leveraged.

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