DALLAS -- Storage Networking World -- Vendors are cranking up their Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCOE) strategies here this week, with QLogic, NetApp, Nuova Systems (a startup of which Cisco owns 80 percent), Emulex, and Brocade all pushing technology they claim will unify data center networks.
Tuesday, for example, QLogic teamed up with NetApp and software specialist Nuova Systems to demo a converged network adapter (CNA), which runs Fibre Channel over Ethernet.
"This opportunity to see server and storage networks converge is exciting," said Jeff Benck, the QLogic COO, during a launch event yesterday afternoon. "That's less cabling, less power, and less complexity in the environment."
The exec estimates that 10 percent of SAN ports will be FCOE over the next few years. He told Byte and Switch that QLogic's adapter is already available to the vendor's server OEM partners. "We believe that they will be making it available [to users] in the first half of next year," he said, without naming names.
First proposed earlier this year by a group of vendors spearheaded by Cisco, which included IBM, Intel, and Sun, the FCOE spec is aimed at enabling SAN traffic to be natively transported over Ethernet networks.