November 11, 2011

Does Converging the LAN and SAN Make Sense? - Summary


This is a summary of an online discussion that took place during the fall of 2011. The discussion was about the viability of converging the LAN and SAN and involved Arista, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, Extreme and HP. A full copy of the discussion can be found here.


The discussion began with a question that asked the vendors to provide high level guidance to IT organizations relative to converging the LAN and the SAN in their data centers.  Avaya stated that a top of mind issue relative to converging the LAN and SAN is Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and a suite of technologies that are broadly grouped together as Data Center Bridging (DCB).  DCB is important because it enables the underlying network to transition from being best-effort to become truly lossless...

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In September and October we had yet another spirited discussion, led by Jim Metzler, about the future of the Data Center LAN.

This is a concise summary of "what we learned" summary from Jim. Additionally, there's a complete transcript/digest of the entire discussion in an easy-to-read and print .pdf format.

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