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Insider Flags Up FCoE's Prospects

Although still in its infancy, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is shaping up to extend the reach of Fibre Channel SANs and boost users' virtualization deployments.

According to the latest Byte and Switch Insider report, FCoE can overcome some limitations of Fibre Channel SANs and help users' virtualization strategies.

"FCoE can reduce the cabling at the back of the server and elsewhere in the SAN, particularly if it is used as the basis for the entire network," states report author Martin Courtney. "This reduces the expense in expanding data-center facilities or building new ones."

Better use of virtualization, which is accelerating network throughput, is another big benefit of FCoE, according to the report: "FCoE over 10-Gbit/s Ethernet is better able to handle that demand than current 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel technology."

By allowing Fibre Channel traffic to be transported over Ethernet networks, FCoE is already being touted by vendors such as QLogic, Sun, and Emulex as a way to better unify I/O in data center networks.

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