Benefits of Multihop FCoE
Provide massive scale with fabric isolation and operational segmentation. (5:12 min)
Multihop FCoE Overview
Compare the cost of a fully converged multihop FCoE network to the cost of a separate LAN and SAN network.
Cisco Nexus Switches earn IT Brand Pulse's FCoE brand recognition award for the third time
For the second year, IT Brand Pulse named the Cisco FCoE switch a market and innovation leader. (PDF - 1.3 MB)
Learn about interoperability matrices and best practices for Fibre Channel and FCoE deployments.
Consolidate, Scale, and Save
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is an INCITS T11 industry standard that allows Fibre Channel to be carried over Ethernet links. It drastically reduces the number of I/O adapters, cables, and switches in the data center, while providing a wire-once, agile infrastructure.
Based on lossless, reliable 10 Gigabit Ethernet, FCoE networks combine LAN and multiple storage protocols on a single converged network. This technology is one of the core components of Cisco Unified Fabric.
With multihop FCoE, high-performance, high-density Ethernet switches such as the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series are used as core and Cisco Nexus 5000 Series can be used as access switches. These switches support multiple Ethernet storage protocols offering superior investment protection for enterprise and virtualization environments and cloud-ready data centers.
Reduce Ownership Costs and Increase Resilience
- Reduce the number of adapters, cables, and network infrastructure devices
- Reduce power use
- Simplify management
- Use higher performance, multiprotocol Ethernet switches
- Support any traffic type with wire-once agility
- Protect Fibre Channel investments by integrating with existing Fibre Channel SANs
FCoE helps you maintain and manage data center costs through network consolidation to pave the way for business growth.
Deploy director-class, converged networks.
Support highly flexible access-layer deployments.
Integrate converged networks with director-class Fibre Channel SANs.
Unite computing, network, storage access, and virtualization into a cohesive system with this next-generation data center platform.
IDC: The ROI of Converged Networking Using Unified Fabric (PDF - 330 KB)
Storage I/O: Business and Technology Benefits of Converged I/O Networking Infrastructures (PDF - 440 KB)
Storage I/O: Removing Organizational Barriers for Leveraging Technology Convergence (PDF - 350 KB)
Considerations for Congestion Notification in FCoE Networks (PDF - 310 KB)
Director-Class FCoE: Converge the Network with Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches and Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors
FCoE Fault Tolerance: Achieve High Availability in a Converged Network
FCoE Initiation Protocol
FCoE Management: Secure Storage Traffic in a Converged Network
Fibre Channel over Ethernet Storage Networking Evolution
iSCSI and FCoE: A Comparison
QLogic Adapters and Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches: FCoE Design Guide (PDF - 2 MB)
Summary: Does Converging the LAN and SAN Make Sense (PDF - 62 KB)
Thought Leadership Discussion on Does Converging the LAN and SAN Make Sense (PDF - 80 KB)
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