LAN/SAN Convergence: Simplifying Data Center Networking and Optimizing Operations
In the traditional paradigm of data center operations, physical and political “silos” are established around servers, storage and networking, with workgroups maintaining strict boundaries around their designated domains. As Virtual Era applications like virtualization and cloud-based computing have evolved and required greater efficiencies and coordination among these domains, this silo-ed approach has resulted in slower response times, higher costs and performance inefficiencies. For many organizations, it’s clear that the traditional silo-ed approach is no longer sustainable.
LAN/SAN convergence can help organizations accelerate results in the Virtual Era. LAN/SAN convergence—operating and managing a LAN and SAN via a single network optimized for both traffic types—allows IT organizations to significantly reduce deployment and operational costs while improving their ability to respond to dynamic application and business needs across multiple domains. Converged solutions from Dell provide organizations a way to further maximize their investment and simplify the path to convergence by enabling them to augment their existing networks—or “pay as you grow”—with open standards-based networking solutions that encompass a variety of popular LAN and SAN protocols such as Ethernet, iSCSI, Fibre Channel (FC) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).
Learn more about LAN/SAN convergence by watching the videos below, reading this whitepaper, and trying out this easy-to-use TCO Calculator
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Understand LAN/SAN convergence and the benefits it can offer. This video starts with explanations of LAN, SANs and convergence, as well as the historical perspective of convergence and its impact on enterprise planning today.
Get a primer on the FC/FCoE SAN switching basics, as well as the different types of switches and ports in FC/FCoE SANs.
Understand the concept of FIP Snooping and a FIP Snooping Bridge on an FCoE switch, where and why it is used.
Learn the fundamentals of FC addressing. Part 1 focuses on WWN and what constitutes an FC address. Part 2 expands the scope to how to form FC Fabrics, define a few key terms used in FC fabrics (including FLOGI, Domain ID, etc), and cover FC frame flow from Initiators to Targets.
Gain a better understanding of how FC fabrics have evolved and how they work, with a focus on BB_Credits and lossless behavior of fabrics.
Considering a full fabric switch or an NPIV? Learn more about NPIV Proxy gateways and how they differ from fabric switches.
Learn what zoning is, what RSCN is and why they are important to a Fibre Channel implementation, as well as how RCSN keeps a fabric up and running optimally.
Get a primer on FCoE and how it works. Learn about FCF switches, as well as the concept of an FCoE NPIV Gateway and components of an FCoE data frame.
Learn about FIP (FCoE Initialization Protocol), what it does and why it is needed in the converged network.