Thursday, December 20, 2007

Fibre Channel over Ethernet

We have just added FCoE support to our storage line of SN-5000 series appliances. The Open FCoE project is relatively new, but their code held up well enough through our QA testing that we decided to provide this bleeding edge feature. The default SN-5400 and SN-5800 images just support iSCSI. FCoE, ATA over Ethernet and NFS will be supported as part of an optional feature-set.

FCoE basically encapsulates FC frames over ethernet. It works very similar to iSCSI in that it uses a target / initiator style system. FCoE enables the "cheap" deployment of FC over existing Ethernet rather than having to invest in more expensive and new infrastructure thats typically associated with Fibre Channel.

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