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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Fibre Channel over Ethernet is speeding along the certification path, and now is the time to determine what it can do for you. By now, you've probably heard the hype surrounding Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). Why should you care? Because FCoE has the potential to reduce data center complexity and make the world a little greener by decreasing the number of cards, cabling and network devices in the data center. In some large organizations, the ability to reduce cable bundles could have a positive impact on air flow and reduce cooling costs. The Ethernet part of the protocol isn't just any Ethernet, but a special, still-to-be-ratified Data Center Ethernet (DCE). To make Ethernet suitable for Fibre Channel transport, the 802.1Q IEEE standard is being modified to accommodate data center traffic to improve its priority traffic flow and allow it to operate in a lossless manner (no dropped packets). The goal is to deliver FC a different network protocol leveraging an Ethernet fabric, while maintaining the same or better performance that Fibre Channel-only ... Access >>>

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