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Vol. 6 No. 10 December 2007

Running Fibre Channel over 10Gb Ethernet

The data center consolidation movement received a big push at the Grapevine, TX, and Frankfurt, Germany, Storage Networking World shows as several vendors demonstrated how SAN traffic can be natively transported over Ethernet networks using the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol. This means servers could use the same interface for data and storage networking, as well as a single set of cables and switches. "FCoE requires the use of a new class of converged network adapters that appear to the operating system like a Fibre Channel HBA [FC host bus adapter] and an Ethernet NIC [network interface card] consolidated into a single adapter," says Jeff Benck, QLogic's president and COO. Emulex, too, demoed converged network adapters compatible with 10Gb Ethernet that are expected to be available in the first half of next year. Also participating in FCoE demos were Network Appliance and Cisco-backed Nuova Systems. --Rich Friedman

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Features in this issue

  • Talking up server virtualization, security at SNW

  • VTL data management issues

    As disk libraries become the primary backup target for near-term data recoveries, storage managers are exploring new ways to exploit tape's high capacity, low cost and mobility. Disk is the best medium for fast backups and recoveries, and many companies have turned to virtual tape libraries as a way to put disk in their backup process. On the surface, it may seem easy to implement a VTL, but there are many subtle operational issues that must be dealt with to ensure that your data can be recovered quickly when needed.

  • Snapshot: Will you adopt LTO-4?

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