Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is an encapsulation protocol that enables the transport of Fiber Channel storage traffic over a version of Ethernet called Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE). FCoE encapsulates the entire Fiber Channel frame, keeping it intact and unchanged, into CEE frames.
With FCoE, organizations can configure their servers with Converged Network Adapters (CNAs), from Brocade or third-party vendors, to allow the flow of Fiber Channel SAN traffic and networking LAN traffic over common CEE links.
Fiber Channel over Ethernet
The powerful combination of FCoE enables organizations to consolidate their server I/O using CNAs and FCoE switches. As a result, they can reduce the number of storage and networking adapters needed. That in turn reduces the number of cables and switch ports in FCoE configuration.
Non-disruptive additions to Fiber Channel SANs
Brocade develops robust FCoE solutions to future-proof data center SANs. The Brocade FCoE provides a unified FCoE solution that enables organizations to introduce technologies into existing Fiber Channel SAN environments without disruption.
An evolutionary approach
The Brocade data center networking strategy is designed to seamlessly integrate existing and future technologies, enabling organizations to leverage FCoE when and where it is cost-effective to do so.