Huawei adds Fibre Channel over Ethernet interface in storage systems

Infotech Lead India: Huawei has launched Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE, FC-BB-6) interface in Huawei’s portfolio of storage systems.

Based on VN2VN technology, the new FCoE interface significantly reduces FCoE deployment costs. Huawei has worked with Intel to test and validate FCoE VN2VN interoperability with Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapters.

The new FCoE interface technology will be adopted into Huawei’s storage systems. With the new interface, resources of both SAN and LAN will be converged into a unified network platform, simplifying network systems, and at the same time, enabling network flexibility that expands on demand.

The FCoE interface has 20 percent better performance than the Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI). Through replacing additional FCoE switches and reducing numbers of network interface controllers (NICs) and cables, the new FCoE interface can reduce investment and maintenance costs of data center storage systems and network by over 50 percent.

As part of the initial roll-out, the new VN2VN FCoE technology will be adopted in the T series, Huawei’s flagship storage systems.

“Network convergence is the irreversible trend in IT industry and with Huawei’s storage products being an important component of the industry’s IT network systems, we are committed to providing storage solutions with better stability, scalability and higher efficiency,” said Fan Ruiqi, president, Storage Product Line, Huawei Enterprise Business Group.

Dawn Moore, general manager, Intel Networking Division, said: “Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapters combine high performance and unified networking features to reduce costs and complexity for connections between the server and access layer. Now, with VN2VN, customers can use Fibre Channel over Ethernet from the server to the storage target for additional savings.”

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