This week, Intel announced that their Open FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) is available for anyone to use with Intel’s X520 family of 10 GbE server adaptors.
The Register’s Cade Metz has the story.
“Fibre Channel Over Ethernet lets you run, well, Fibre Channel Over Ethernet, bringing all your enterprise networking traffic onto one big fat cable,” Metz reported. “Ethernet is already the basis for NAS (network attached storage) and iSCSI storage. With Intel’s setup, company man Tom Swinford told reporters on Thursday morning at a company press event in downtown San Francisco, you can attach Intel’s standard 10GbE adapter to file-based storage, NAS hardware, an iSCSI box, or Fibre Channel over Ethernet.”
Swinford said that if everyone converted to Open FCoE, the world would save $3 billion in hardware and power costs and 400 million feet of cable.