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Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is an emerging data transport technology that simplifies the network fabric by converging both Storage Area Network (SAN) and LAN connectivity onto a single 10 Gigabit Ethernet link. As the use of SANs in the data center continues to grow, FCoE can decrease the cost of connecting servers to the SAN, while also preserving the existing management infrastructure and reducing overall power consumption. By encapsulating Fibre Channel payloads in Ethernet frames, FCoE uses a switch that supports the technology, such as Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches, to connect transparently to existing environments. As a result, organizations can simplify their infrastructures, with fewer server network interfaces, reduced cabling infrastructure, and a unified switching architecture.
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