Speedy Access With Converged Networking Over Ethernet
Every day is a race. To compete, you need speedy, dependable access to your data. Ethernet is a common solution for managing and accessing information, but what if it’s not the only network in your data center?
The answer: Converged networking over Ethernet. It gives you the freedom to plan your data centers based on data relevance, not network topology. Its flexible protocol allows you to change as your business grows. Even better, it may help you achieve greater success with your customers, partners and suppliers.
Support for Data Center Bridging (DCB)
No matter what networking technology you choose, Dell offers a full portfolio of open, capable and affordable solutions that support intelligent data management. These solutions — including servers, network interface cards (NIC), switches and storage targets — enable you to simplify your data management and storage communications, and quickly adapt to changing business needs.
Converged networking solutions from Dell support DCB and meet DCB Ethernet standards. Enhanced Ethernet with DCB delivers guaranteed bandwidth now and in the future — an important consideration when 100 Gigabit data transmission is on the horizon.
Other DCB alternatives include fibre channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and internet SCSI (iSCSI) over DCB. Each of these options can also work seamlessly with your legacy systems, including fibre channel (FC).
On Your Way to Intelligent Data Management
With DCB as your foundation, you can develop cost-effective data management strategies that address business needs as well as network requirements. For instance, you can:
- Improve performance and support for highly sensitive primary data on an FC network
- Incorporate FCoE to help cut FC storage costs and add the flexibility to reroute primary data for disaster recovery or cloud computing expansion
- Cost-effectively consolidate management and variable routing for storage optimization, backup and archiving with iSCSI over DCB
You Already Have a Head Start
Converged networking over Ethernet leverages familiar technologies. Both Ethernet and SCSI are common, well-understood transport technologies, so it’s likely you already have the skills to deploy iSCSI over DCB. Since iSCSI provides flexible routing over DCB as well as Ethernet, you can add DCB capabilities to your network one segment at a time on your schedule.
Let Dell help you find the best networking solution for your data center.