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 

Simplify Data Center Network and Optimize Operations with LAN & SAN Convergence.

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LAN & SAN Convergence

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.