Deploying FCoE: What you need to know

by dave on May 11, 2009

So, my good friend Stu Miniman (@stu on Twitter) put out a video a few months back extolling the virtues of FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) for the next generation data center.  This video, while fascinating, didn’t answer the underlying hardware questions that we all had: What the heck does all this stuff look like?  To make us happy, Stu created a Part 2 video showing off some of the FCoE hardware like the Cisco Nexus 5010 and Qlogic 81xx series CNAs.  This video is definitely worth a look/listen.

Accompanying this video, Stu also prepped the following slide deck which goes over the hardware a little more specifically.

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Over at Cisco, there is a post from April, 2008 on the FCoE vs. IB argument that was written by Dante Malagrino. What follows is MY perspective (not my employers) on the FCoE vs. IB argument that he puts forth.

a.) Historically, both IB and FC have been more difficult to manage than competing IP-based solutions (though I’d argue that IQDNs are as much of a pain as node addresses and WWNs).  With the advent of truly GUI driven switching solutions, a LOT of the legwork required has been reduced both for FC and for IB.  Matter of fact, a true novice to both protocols can get a solution set up and running with a hour or two (cabling and hardware setup included).

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