*:from 2012 - 2.8 ZETTABYTES (2.8 Million Petabytes in 2012 – data will double in every 2 years) and the number of physical and virtual servers will grow 10 times by 2020.Operational Flexibility – Consolidation, Multi-protocol, Management, Disaster Recovery, LatencyServer, storage and networking fabric and designs will improve, due to geometric density that will enable larger, more efficient storage data reduction technologies and server multicore designs, as well as increased storage efficiency and greater network bandwidth. Evolving software tools will improve capacity utilization, eliminate duplication and, in conjunction with virtualization, improve the input/output (I/O) bandwidth, enabling greater consolidation and scaling and a greater adoption of solid-state drive (SSD) and Flash technologies.Market drivers for the continuing growth of FC which is accelerating the adoption of the latest generation 16 Gb/sec FC (16GFC) technology include the following: •Pervasive Virtualization & Multi-Core Processors Virtualization has matured from an esoteric concept to pervasive adoption, with respondents to a Forrester/Cisco3 survey indicating:•48 percent of x86 server operating system (OS) instances were already running as virtual machines in Q3'2011•Forecast for 74 percent virtualization by the end of 2013This introduced two growth vectors for higher performing FC solutions: •A virtualized server, with multiple workloads, demands increased storage I/O bandwidth and improved latency performance.•The introduction of Intel's Xeon(r) E5 [Romley] multi-core processors increases virtualization density (# of VM workloads per physical server). The resulting increase in storage I/O bandwidth is the second growth vector.•Enterprise Solid State Disk (SSD) Storage & Cached Storage Area Networks (cSANs)SSD storage arrays, either all flash based or as a front-end cache for traditional disk based arrays, deliver superior performance with 10X-40X higher input/output operations per second (IOPS) performance and improved latency, are demanding superior FC I/O performance to keep up with the blistering pace.•Server architectureIn addition to multi-core processors, larger memory configurations and support for PCI Express (PCie) 2.0 (and emerging PCIe 3.0) have created the server ecosystem for deploying higher bandwidth 16GFC
The Cisco Unified Fabric Switching portfolio offers one of the broadest data center LAN and SANswitching portfolio’s in the industry spanning from the Hypervisor to the data center core. Cisco Unified Fabric provides the flexibility of high-performance, highly available, highly-scalable networks to serve diverse data centers needs including the lossless requirements to carry storage traffic (FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NAS) over a simplified infrastructure based on 10Gb Ethernet. All platforms in the portfolio run on a common operating system - NX-OS. Having a single operating system across every element of the data center network, provides operational and functional consistency with tight integration across the unified fabric significantly simplifying operations and providing a foundation for accelerated innovations. We also bring single pane of management for Nexus and MDS families with Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) for simplified operations and control.