Monday, March 16, 2009

Data Center "Unifacation"

Given that Cisco is trying to create a whole new market for itself, you should be seeing quite a bit in the coming year about the theory of data center unification. What is it? At the simplest level it involves merging your normal network ethernet/TCPIP traffic with the data storage traffic that is largely handled today on Fibre Channel networks and switches.

Though a good long term idea in concept, it's hard in the near term to make a solid ROI story around ripping out all your existing Fibre Channel infrastructure to go Fibre Channel over Ehternet, so expect a lot of marketing hype to try and bridge that gap.

Why 'Unified' Is The Hot New Idea For Data Centers

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