Posted By Rich Miller On January 28, 2011 @ 8:08 am In Networking | 1 Comment
Intel has introduced new capabilities to its 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters that enable all data center traffic to run over a single cable, making it easier to consolidate servers and storage into a unified network infrastructure. Intel says its X520 adapters will support Open FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet), providing customers an alternative to proprietary approaches to converged networking.
FCoE is a protocol that can connect servers with Fibre Channel storage networks, offering the potential to reduce the number of interface connections on each server. Intel said it has worked closely with leading IT companies key industry leaders to ensure a strong ecosystem of compatible solutions. Companies supporting the Open FCoE solution include Cisco, Dell, EMC, NetApp, Oracle and Red Hat. The Intel Open FCoE software stack is available as a free upgrade on existing X520 family products.
“Expanding Intel Ethernet to include Open FCoE will help simplify the network and drive more of the IT budget toward innovation,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager, Data Center Group at Intel. “We think IT departments can lower infrastructure costs by 29 percent, reduce power by almost 50 percent and cut cable costs by 80 percent by moving to a unified network.”
Intel’s Open FCoE integrates capabilities into the operating system to deliver full unified networking without the need for additional expensive, proprietary hardware. IT departments can use common management tools for server network and storage connectivity while integrating seamlessly with existing Fibre Channel environments.
Here’s a roundup of some of the early analysis and commentary from IT news outlets:
Intel partners offered their support for the intiative.
“Open FCoE fits well with Dell’s delivery of open, capable, and affordable solutions because it utilizes components in the operating system to simplify the deployment and operation of converged networks,” said Brian Payne, executive director, PowerEdge Marketing Group, Dell.
“The Cisco Nexus 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches and the Cisco Unified Computing System servers both support Intel’s Open FCoE 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters to provide our customers with greater choice for cost-effective, scalable unified fabric access,” said Soni Jiandani, vice president of marketing, Server Access and Virtualization Technology Group, Cisco.
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URLs in this post:
 The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/27/intel_open_fcoe_rollout/
 CRN: http://www.crn.com/news/data-center/229100405/intel-fast-tracks-unified-networking-with-open-fcoe.htm
 EnterpriseStorageForum.com: http://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/storagenetworking/article.php/3922546/Intel-Opens-Up-FCoE--Offers-Free-Upgrades.htm
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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