Fibre Channel Over Ethernet - A Practical Alternative

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Executive Summary

Based on comprehensive testing performed by Cisco and NetApp, this white paper explores whether Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is a viable and practical alternative to current Storage Area Networking (SAN) solutions such as Fibre Channel (FC) and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI). The testing clearly demonstrated that FCoE has numerous advantages, in that it allows Local Area network (LAN) and SAN communications to share a common infrastructure, eliminating the need for independent cabling and parallel networks, while preserving the tried and tested SAN provisioning and management methodologies used by storage administrators today.

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