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VMware ESXi Cookbook by Aravind Sivaraman, Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen

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Implementing FC and FCoE storages

Fibre Channel is a high-performance storage protocol that connects storage devices using a high-speed network to the host servers. SAN includes Host Bus Adapters (HBA) attached to the host servers, Fibre Channel switches, fabric cables and storage processors, and storage disk arrays. Fibre Channel SAN uses the FC protocol to access the shared storage.

The FCoE protocol allows access to Fibre Channel LUNs over Ethernet frames. The FCoE adapters can be used to access the Fibre Channel storage via Ethernet frames. There are two types of FCoE adapters: hardware and software FCoE adapters. ESXi allows you to access LUNs using software FCoE adapters without the need for dedicated FCoE adapters or HBAs if you have a network ...

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