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The paper is an overview of I/O consolidation and unification. It focuses on 10GbE and the Data Center Bridging standard; encapsulating Fibre Channel into Ethernet; and the path to end-to-end convergence. It concludes by describing the benefits of FCoE. Fibre Channel over Ethernet extends, rather than replaces, Fibre Channel, allowing organizations to seamlessly integrate their Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks at the pace and on the path that work best for them. Combined with enhancements to Ethernet, FCoE gives data centers the ability to consolidate their I/O and network infrastructure, saving both capital and operational expenses and increasing flexibility and control.
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