Tuesday, August 3, 2010

NetApp leads evolution to 10-Gigabit unified Ethernet networking

MUMBAI, INDIA: NetApp announced that it will support the Intel Ethernet X520 family of SFP+10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) server adapters. This extends NetApp’s ecosystem of tested Ethernet solutions and offers customers more ways to deploy an end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) infrastructure.

By offering customers tested options to make the transition from a Fibre Channel infrastructure to a high-performance FCoE infrastructure, NetApp helps them increase the flexibility of their IT to manage more storage and protocols at lower costs.

10GbE unified networking provides a simple, flexible, and well-understood fabric for today’s dynamic data centers and lays the groundwork for new computing models, including cloud computing.

With long histories of leadership in Ethernet storage and networking, NetApp and Intel are helping drive the transition to a unified data center on 10GbE. Both companies were early supporters of FCoE. NetApp is the first storage vendor to support native FCoE storage, and Intel is the first Ethernet adapter vendor to support Open FCoE (www.open-fcoe.org ), which enables FCoE in standard 10GbE adapters.

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