How Fibre Channel over Ethernet Improves Data Center Efficiency - Page 4

Benefits of convergence: Cost and power savings

Data Center Bridging Ethernet and FCoE make it possible to converge enterprise storage, networking, management and clustering data onto a single fabric that is simple to manage, high-performing and cost-effective.

Significant cost savings can be expected by converging storage and networking onto Ethernet fabrics. Not only are energy, management and maintenance costs reduced, but the cost of Ethernet adapters, cables and switches is lower than Fibre Channel because of the higher volumes and ultracompetitive market forces.

Converging on a single Ethernet network eliminates the need for multiple host I/O cards, including host bus adapters and NIC cards (and separate physical networks for connecting those hosts together). As a result, users can recognize significant savings in power consumption across the data center. In addition, a converged network allows for the reduction of the number of host adapters in each server, and the number of switches and cables required to build a data center infrastructure.

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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 3-D 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 of science degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University. He can be reached at jay.kidd@netapp.com.