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Storage networking

Storage area network fabric

Whether you choose to extend your fibre channel (FC) protocol to Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) or move to Internet SCSI (iSCSI), one thing rings true — Ethernet is the clear winner as the networking standard.

The following are the benefits of the different kinds of switches:

  • Fibre channel switches achieve performance, availability and scalability with the highest density and lowest power consumption.
  • iSCSI switches offer larger packet buffers, Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) and enhanced quality of service (QoS) options to ensure the switches will operate effectively in an iSCSI storage area network (SAN).

We understand the value in preserving your investment in fibre channel. But if you are starting fresh, implementing iSCSI might be the right solution for you. Read more about iSCSI for an informative discussion about common misperceptions regarding differences between the two protocols.