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October 2010, Vol. 27

Tactics for Managing iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet

Fibre Channel cabling has come … and gone. Copper, the long-time friend of IT professionals, is the new master of the data center. In use since almost the very beginning, copper Ethernet cabling is now seeing a second utility in modern data centers. Technologies such as iSCSI and the bleeding-edge Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) now make possible the use of copper Ethernet cabling for high-speed server-to-storage networking. This is good news for data centers. If you’ve been suffering from the management burdens of Fibre Channel cabling, now is the time to get excited. The IT industry is swiftly developing new tactics that elevate copper Ethernet cabling into a more desirable solution. Better yet, you’ll get that highly regarded result no matter what kind of storage area network (SAN) you have in place or are thinking about buying. Copper’s storage story is swiftly changing in today’s IT environment. If you’re confused about today’s best practices in deploying and managing it, consider the following tactics: Select a SAN ...

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