Companies are spending big bucks to consolidate data centers, servers and storage. The next step is consolidating the data center network as organizations seek to reduce operational costs, improve business processes and increase security/compliance.

The marriage of Fiber Channel and Ethernet unites the ubiquity of Ethernet and the performance of FC to better manage IT initiatives.

Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

One of the challenges organizations face is maintaining separate networks for coexisting technologies. Using Ethernet for IP technologies and Fiber Channel for storage networks decreases cost savings available through network convergence.

“Converging your Ethernet and FC networks can make your data center more efficient without sacrificing your investment in FC infrastructure.”

Network Convergence Case Study

Early adopters are realizing the benefits of network convergence as a path to uniting storage and networking, while increasing performance and improving business continuity. Health care provider, Kelsey-Seybold, is a prime example. The Kelsey-Seybold Clinic saw network convergence as an opportunity to not only transition to 10-Gigabit Ethernet, but also as a means for reducing IT infrastructure complexity.

With disaster avoidance in mind, Kelsey-Seybold recently consolidated its Houston-based data centers to FIBERTOWN, outside hurricane zones in Bryan/College Station. The project allowed its IT Director to take advantage of a network upgrade and move toward a more virtualized environment.

“With this new network, the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic believes it has cut networking hardware and cabling requirements in half compared to its older environment.”

Does FCoE Make Sense for You?

FCoE is an attractive option for reducing IT costs and consolidating data center operations if you are an organization with:

  • Large existing fiber channel environments
  • Growing virtualized server environments
  • A strong focus on adopting new technologies for business process improvement
  • A desire to reduce operational costs

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. What convergence initiatives do you have in place or are evaluating?