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Energy-Efficient Unified Fabrics: Transform the Data Center Infrastructure With Cisco Nexus Series

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Executive Summary

The Cisco Nexus family of products gives data center designers the opportunity to transform data center infrastructure from an Isolated Fabric Topology (IFT) to a Unified Fabric topology (UFT). IFTs rely on equipment that provides fixed-configuration access layer transport, such as devices that support Ethernet and Fibre Channel only. UFTs use standards-based IEEE Ethernet and IEEE Data Center Bridging technologies at 10 Gbps to provide a wire-speed lossless fabric to enable server I/O consolidation and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

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