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FCoE tutorial: Fibre Channel over Ethernet management challenges

This FCoE tutorial explores how three early Fibre Channel over Ethernet adopters confronted the management challenges associated with the deployment of the technology. We also describe the

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five best practices IT organizations should follow if they're serious about the convergence of LAN and SAN.

FCoE enables IT shops to converge their Fibre Channel-based storage and Ethernet-based data traffic onto an enhanced 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) network. But since large organizations typically have separate teams for the LAN/WAN and the SAN, they'll likely face a management challenge in getting the two groups to work together.

"The two organizations don't share the sandbox well. The storage and server guys generally consider the network guys a bunch of cowboys who don't know how to run a mission-critical network," said Joe Skorupa, a research vice president in data center transformation at Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc. "And the network guys generally consider the storage and server guys Luddites that are stuck in the 19th century."

Read the following articles in our FCoE tutorial to discover the management challenges and rewards of moving to Fibre Channel over Ethernet.

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) implementation case studies
We set out to learn how companies are handling management of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) installations and found three companies that faced big management challenges, including potential turf wars between the storage and networking staffs. Read these implementation case studies to review the issues they confronted and how they addressed them.

Five tips on moving to Fibre Channel over Ethernet
Even if you're adopting Fibre Channel over Ethernet in just a portion of your network, you might find yourself in uncharted territory with two discrete -- and often divergent -- teams required to collaborate closely. Get advice on how to deal with the conflict and survive an FCoE implementation.

This was first published in October 2010

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