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A classic data center design features a dedicated Ethernet LAN and a separate, dedicated Fibre Channel (FC) SAN. With FCoE, it is possible to run a single, converged network. As a standards-based protocol that allows Fibre Channel frames to be carried over Ethernet links, FCoE obviates the need to run separate LAN and SAN networks.
FCoE allows an evolutionary approach to I/O consolidation by preserving all Fibre Channel constructs, maintaining the latency, security, and traffic management attributes of Fibre Channel while preserving investments in Fibre Channel tools, training, and SANs. Based on lossless, reliable Ethernet, FCoE networks combine LAN and multiple storage protocols on a converged network.
FCoE also drastically reduces the number of I/O adapters, cables, and switches in the data center, when deployed as an access layer convergence solution. The recent introduction of FCoE support with 10GBASE-T technology allows data centers to have flexible physical cabling while supporting any protocol at much lower costs.
Now, multihop FCoE technology can be used to extend convergence beyond the access layer. The higher, more efficient speeds, such as 40 Gigabit Ethernet FCoE today, or the 100 Gigabit Ethernet FCoE in the future, help enable fewer and higher-speed Inter-Switch Links (ISLs) in the network core. The converged architecture means you can wire once and deploy anywhere to support any storage protocol, including iSCSI or NFS. This consolidated infrastructure also helps to simplify management and significantly reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
FCoE is one of the core components of the Cisco Unified Data Center, which helps enable multiprotocol networking through Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Cisco Nexus platforms, and Cisco MDS platforms.
Improve Agility, Simplify Management, and Reduce Costs
- Operate high-performance SANs with efficient and higher-speed ISLs
- Support any traffic type with wire-once agility
- Reduce the number of adapters, cables, and network devices, and cut power costs
- Simplify management with reduced footprint and lower TCO
- Preserve investments in existing FC SANs
- Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Directors
Integrate converged networks with director-class Fibre Channel SANs.
- Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
Deploy director-class, converged networks.
- Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches
Scale with high-performance 40 Gigabit Ethernet FCoE and exceptional density in a compact form factor.
- Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
Support highly flexible access-layer deployments.
- Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Switches
Provide unified connectivity for blade and rack servers.
- Cisco Unified Computing System
Unite computing, network, storage access, and virtualization into a cohesive system with this next-generation data center platform.
Read case studies to learn how companies benefit from FCoE.
Aerospace Manufacturer Converges Network
Boeing Defense, Space, and Security Division relies on Cisco to deliver both FCoE and IP over a single, cost-effective infrastructure to:
- Improve performance 20 percent by transitioning to converged network
- Reduce deployment times for each new server by 25 percent
- Boost IP performance by up to 30 percent, saving 35 percent in capital expenses and reducing power costs by 90 percent
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GE Division Boosts Application Performance
Cisco Nexus switches with unified fabric help GE Money Bank boost application availability and:
- Improve network port provisioning and overall uptime
- Enhance disaster recovery capabilities with dynamic workload movement
- Reduce total switches from 10 to four, reducing power by up to 45 percent
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Systems Integrator Supports Cloud Services
ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation implements end-to-end FCoE fabric to support next-generation cloud services and:
- Delivers services from one architecture with a single team
- Gains agility to tailor cloud services and resources specifically to multiple customers
- Enhances power and scalability to support any customer application
Cisco MDS 9000 10-Gbps 8-Port FCoE Module Extends Fibre Channel over Ethernet to the Data Center Core
Making NetApp Engineering Network Compatible with Future Systems (PDF - 517 KB)
Transforming the Learning Society in Hong Kong (Case Study) (PDF - 312 KB)
Transforming the Learning Society: The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Video Case Study)
Director-Class FCoE: Converge the Network with Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches and Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors
End-to-End FCoE Design Guide
FCoE Fault Tolerance: Achieve High Availability in a Converged Network
FCoE Management: Secure Storage Traffic in a Converged Network
FcoE overview and configuration (PDF - 2 MB)
Forrester Research: Exploring the Potential Benefits of End-to-End Convergence of Data Center Networks (PDF - 886 KB)
IDC: The ROI of Converged Networking Using Unified Fabric (PDF - 341 KB)
QLogic Adapters and Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches: FCoE Design Guide (PDF - 2 MB)
Storage I/O: Business and Technology Benefits of Converged I/O Networking Infrastructures (PDF - 438 KB)
Storage I/O: Removing Organizational Barriers for Leveraging Technology Convergence (PDF - 345 KB)
Summary: Does Converging the LAN and SAN Make Sense (PDF - 57 KB)
Thought Leadership Discussion on Does Converging the LAN and SAN Make Sense (PDF - 80 KB)