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Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) implementation

Whether your customers are upgrading or replacing their data center infrastructure, it's likely that they're going to start asking questions about Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) someday soon.

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This tutorial covers FCoE from start to finish, and offers best practices on how to transition your customers' existing Fibre Channel systems to FCoE -- where to start and which questions to ask.

Check out our FCoE resources to find out how to approach a Fibre Channel over Ethernet project and develop expertise in it, storage requirements for the technology, as well as what your customers are saying about it, in this tutorial.

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How to get to Fibre Channel over Ethernet
Network architecture considerations for FCoE
What you need to deploy FCoE: A storage checklist
Enterprise data storage requirements for FCoE
FCoE: Steps to readiness
FCoE: How to prepare customers for it
Infrastructure consolidation projects: FCoE and backbone implementation
How to become an FCoE expert: Technology landscape, in-depth training

 

 How to get to Fibre Channel over Ethernet For IT organizations already invested in Fibre Channel, the most common approach is to go FCoE between the servers and top-of-rack switches, or the access layer.

 Network architecture considerations for FCoE The University of Arizona's Fibre Channel over Ethernet deployment illustrates how an incremental top-of-rack strategy can prove advantageous.

 What you need to deploy FCoE: A storage checklist This storage checklist looks at what you need for deploying FCoE, including cabling, converged network adapters and FCoE switches.

 Enterprise data storage requirements for FCoE Among storage vendors, NetApp has been the most aggressive in its support of Fibre Channel over Ethernet FCoE. Learn about some of the other storage vendors that are supporting FCoE and some of the storage requirements that are associated with FCoE

 FCoE: Steps to readiness FCoE-compliant products are shipping, and there are problems in the data center that could be solved by the technology. In this installment of our tutorial, find out what steps to take to get your company and your customers ready for FCoE and what projects are good candidates for it.

 FCoE: How to prepare customers for it Find out which customers are better suited for Fibre Channel over Ethernet and how you should prepare them for the specification, now that it's been ratified.

 Infrastructure consolidation projects: FCoE and backbone implementation Learn the steps of an infrastructure consolidation project, including determining whether customers are good candidates for an FCoE or backplane implementation project, ROI analysis and initial design.

 How to become an FCoE expert: Technology landscape, in-depth training If you're at all confused about Fibre Channel over Ethernet, no doubt your customers are too. Find out how FCoE fits within the overall landscape of networking infrastructure consolidation and how to approach research and training in this installment of our tutorial.

This was first published in January 2010

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