Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
Short for Fibre Channel over Ethernet, FCoE is a standard for using the Fibre Channel protocol over Ethernet networks. FCoE is expected to enable SAN traffic to be natively transported over Ethernet networks, while protecting and extending the investment enterprises have made in storage networks.
FCoE uses Ethernet cards, cables and switches to route Fibre Channel traffic at the link layer, and uses Ethernet to transmit the FC protocol. FCoE basically would enable organizations and enterprises to continue to run Fibre Channel over the same wires as their datanetworks. The goal of FCoE is to reduce management complexity, reduce time to deployment, lower capital and operating costs and lower power utilization.
The FCoE specification was submitted to the American National Standards Institute by a group of storage vendors including Brocade, Cisco Systems, EMC, Emulex, IBM, Intel, Nuova, QLogic, and Sun Microsystems. FCoE backs the Convergence Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) specification, and as such it may also be referred to as FCoCEE.
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