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Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication, 4th Edition by Casimer DeCusatis

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Case Study

FCoE Delivers a Single Network for Simplicity and Convergence

Stuart Miniman,      Principal Research Contributor, Wikibon

Application: Seamlessly bring Fibre Channel (FC) environments into a converged single Ethernet network with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). The storage networking silo must converge to capitalize on virtualization and cloud opportunities.

Design: The networking industry has long looked for a single network to run all traffic. Since it vanquished Token Ring in the 1980s, Ethernet became the ubiquitous network of choice for the data center. FC and InfiniBand were both designed to carry all data center traffic and turned into niche solutions when they failed to topple Ethernet. Storage networking for open systems ...

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