New! ESG Lab Report - Emulex OneConnect FCoE UCNA - Sponsored Whitepaper

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This report documents ESG Lab hands-on testing of Emulex OneConnect Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) and explores how a converged infrastructure can enable users to realign traditional technology silos into adaptive pools that can be shared, optimized and managed as a service.

Organizations are in the process of transforming their data centers into environments that are able to better handle rapidly changing business requirements and unanticipated business needs. In order to meet these objectives, they are eliminating their monolithic legacy data centers and infrastructures and replacing them with consolidated, highly virtualized, flexible environments. FCoE, an industry standard protocol (ANSI T11) that maps Fibre Channel storage traffic over an enhanced 10 Gigabit (10Gb) Ethernet network, is a key technology that will enable that transformation.

FCoE technology has experienced an accelerated development cycle, going from concept to alpha, to beta, and now to second-generation, production-ready technology in just a few short years. Even more important, it has been tested and “certified,” and is supported by most major vendors. This support will be a critical factor in FCoE adoption, as organizations can now take advantage of the technology, knowing their trusted vendor will support it. ESG research1 indicates that 2010 and 2011 should be significant years for FCoE adoption, as shown in Figure 1. IT professionals surveyed by ESG indicated that 10GbE is poised for 24% growth, while FCoE usage looks to expand by 17%. Meanwhile, utilization of traditional Fibre Channel is flattening out.

Figure 1. Data Center Connectivity over 24 months

Please indicate which of the following front-end connectivity options are being utilized today to connect servers to networked storage systems. Please also indicate which connectivity options will be used in 24 months. (Percent of respondents, N=447)
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