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Published: 01 Nov 2012

Storage networking vendors have laid out their vision of the data center of the near future. It consists of Fibre Channel (FC) and Ethernet working in perfect harmony, aided by new developments such as Data Center Ethernet and FC over Ethernet (FCoE) feeding into massive backbone switches. It's still only a vision. Data Center Ethernet and FCoE remain on the drawing board, and recently launched converged network platforms from Brocade Communications Systems and Cisco Systems won't be complete without them. For now, all the talk of FCoE, Data Center (or Enhanced) Ethernet and converged networks could make a storage manager's head spin. Not to mention the debate around whether 8Gb FC is worth the price or if it's better to wait for 10Gb Ethernet. And if Ethernet is the way to go, should it be via iSCSI or FCoE? "It's probably overkill now," says Ed Delgado, storage administrator at financial services firm RiskMetrics Group, of the choices next-generation data centers will bring. Delgado is considering upgrading from Brocade fabric switches to a director ... Access >>>

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