Chapter 8. Implement FCoE Unified Fabric

Simply defined, I/O consolidation is the ability to carry different types of traffic with different traffic characteristics and handling requirements over the same physical media. The most difficult challenge of I/O consolidation is to satisfy the requirements of different traffic classes within a single network. Because Fibre Channel is the dominant storage protocol in the data center, any viable I/O consolidation solution for storage must allow for transparent integration of the Fibre Channel model. Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) meets this requirement in part by encapsulating each Fibre Channel frame inside an Ethernet frame. The goal of FCoE is to provide I/O consolidation over Ethernet, allowing ...

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