FCoE Deployment in Data Centers

By Jay Kidd  |  Posted 2008-11-24 Print this article Print

FCoE deployment in data centers

The first FCoE products will be CNAs (Converged Network Adapters) that provide server LAN and SAN connectivity over Ethernet. In addition, FCoE switches will connect FCoE-capable initiators (server side) to existing Fibre Channel SANs, enabling customers to consolidate server interconnectivity on a single Ethernet fabric.


FCoE access switches and CNAs, or server adapters with FCoE initiators, simplify the network topology

To the nodes in the Fibre Channel SAN, the FCoE initiators appear to be directly connected, and can be managed and maintained with the same tools.

A fully converged network architecture with end-to-end FCoE

Next, native FCoE storage arrays, along with existing iSCSI and NAS storage, enable a fully converged fabric.

Jay Kidd is Chief Marketing Officer at NetApp. Jay has extensive experience in storage, networking and high-performance systems. Before joining NetApp, he held the position of Chief Technology Officer and VP of Product Management at Brocade. Before joining Brocade, Jay was VP of Marketing for Omneon Video Networks (a supplier of storage and networking equipment for video broadcasters) and Multigen (a real-time 3D simulation software company). Prior to working at Multigen, Jay spent seven years at Silicon Graphics (SGI), where he directed marketing efforts for the graphics workstations, servers and SGI Web systems business. Earlier in his career, Jay worked at Hewlett Packard, where he held key engineering positions in the Information Networks group. Jay holds a Bachelor's Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He can be reached at jay.kidd@netapp.com.

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