Chapter 4. Case Studies

Introduction

This section illustrates possible adoption scenarios of I/O consolidation solutions based on Ethernet and FCoE (see page 67).

Figure 4-1 depicts the common architecture of current Data Centers.

Figure 4-1. Current Data Center Environment

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The servers at the bottom of the picture have multiple 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GE) cards that are typically configured in NIC teaming (also known as bonding). These cards connect to access layer Ethernet switches like the Catalyst 6509 that can be configured at Layer 2 (bridging only) or at Layer 3 (IP routing). These Ethernet switches are typically aggregated ...

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