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FCoE Origins and Status for Ethernet Technology Summit

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Origins and Status of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) for the Ethernet Technology Summit (Feb 24-25 in San Jose, CA)

Origins and Status of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) for the Ethernet Technology Summit (Feb 24-25 in San Jose, CA)

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  • WHY need it? WHAT it is? HOW it will happen!
  • Let’s look at the rack server environment today. In today’s environment… Servers connect to the LAN with multiple network interface cards (NICs) Servers require HBAs to connect to an existing Fibre Channel SAN Many of today’s data centers are running at 1 Gigabit Ethernet speed Multiple server adapters require more power and cooling costs
  • Also coming in 2010 – 16Gb FC, 40/100 Gb Ethernet
  • FC has a large and well managed install base Drive for I/O consolidation iSCSI strength was to use existing network infrastructure and skill set to offer lower-cost connectivity for consolidation, but management of large iSCSI environments is cumbersome Not rip and replace or new management paradigm, but incremental transition
  • FCoE is NOT the death of iSCSI (just like iSCSI was not the death of FC) – plenty of room for both; both add to the overall SAN market (meet the needs of the growing virtualization market).
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    • 1. Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Origin and Current Status Stuart Miniman, Technologist Office of the CTO EMC Corporation
    • 2. Agenda
      • Origins of FCoE / Network Convergence
      • Status of FCoE
    • 3. Rack Server Environment Today
      • Servers connect to LAN, NAS and iSCSI SAN with NICs
      • Servers connect to FC SAN with HBAs
      • Many environments today are still 1 Gigabit Ethernet
      • Multiple server adapters, multiple cables, power and cooling costs
        • Storage is a separate network (including iSCSI)
      Rack-mounted servers Ethernet LAN 1 Gigabit Ethernet 1 Gigabit Ethernet NICs Note: NAS will continue to be part of the solution. Everywhere that you see Ethernet or 10Gb Ethernet in this presentation, NAS can be considered part of the unified storage solution Today only 20% of servers in the data center have access to networked storage Ethernet Fibre Channel Storage Fibre Channel SAN Fibre Channel HBAs 1 Gigabit Ethernet iSCSI SAN
    • 4. 10Gb Ethernet allows for Converged Data Center
      • Maturation of 10 Gigabit Ethernet
        • 10 Gigabit Ethernet allows replacement of n x 1Gb with a much smaller number (start with 2) of 10Gb Adapters
        • Many storage applications require > 1Gb bandwidth
      • 10 Gigabit Ethernet simplifies server, network and storage infrastructure
        • Reduces the number of cables and server adapters
        • Lowers capital expenditures and administrative costs
        • Reduces server power and cooling costs
        • Blade servers & server virtualization drive consolidated bw
      10 Gigabit Ethernet is the answer! iSCSI and FCoE both leverage this inflection point Single Wire for Network and Storage 10 GbE LAN SAN
    • 5. Time To Widespread Adoption 1990 2000 2010 1980 Defined 73 Standard 83 Widespread 93 Defined 85 Standard 94 Widespread 03 07 09 ?? Defined Standard iSCSI Defined 00 02 Widespread 08 Standard Standard 10 Gigabit Ethernet 02 09 Widespread Widespread
    • 6. Why a New Option for FC Customers?
      • FC has a large and well managed install base
        • Want a solution that is attractive for customers with FC expertise / investment
        • Previous convergence options did not allow for incremental adoption
      • Requirement for a Data Center solution that can provide I/O consolidation
        • 10 Gigabit Ethernet makes this option available
      • Leveraging Ethernet infrastructure and skill set has always been attractive
      FCoE allows an Ethernet-based SAN to be introduced into the FC-based Data Center without breaking existing administrative tools and workflows
    • 7. FCoE Extends FC on a Single Network FC network FC storage Ethernet Network Converged Network Switch Lossless Ethernet Links SAN sees host as FC Network Driver FC Driver Converged Network Adapter Server sees storage traffic as FC Ethernet FC
    • 8. Standards for Next-Gen Data Center
      • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol
      • Developed by International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) T11 Fibre Channel Interfaces Technical Committee
      • Fibre Channel over Ethernet allows native Fibre Channel to travel unaltered over Ethernet
      • FC-BB-5 standard ratified in June 2009
      • FC-BB-6 in process to expand solution
      • Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE)
      • Developed by Ethernet IEEE Data Center Bridging Task Group
      • Converged Enhanced Ethernet creates an Ethernet environment that drops frames as rarely as Fibre Channel
      • Technology commonly referred to as Lossless Ethernet
      • IEEE standards targeting ratification in 2009/2010
      • Requirement for FCoE; Enhancement for iSCSI
      Two emerging parallel industry standards seek to drive I/O consolidation in large data centers over time:
      • Companies working on the standard committees
        • Key participants: Brocade, Cisco, EMC, Emulex, HP, IBM, Intel, QLogic, Sun, others
    • 9. FCoE Support Timeline 2008 2009 Fibre Channel over Ethernet pre-standard switches & CNAs T11 & IEEE standards defined T11 standard ratification (FC-BB-5) FCoE standard switches & CNAs FCoE embedded in servers IEEE standard ratification FCoE embedded in blades, servers & storage T11 FC-BB-6 Fibre Channel over Ethernet Development Timeline 2010+
    • 10. Next Generation Data Center
      • 10 Gigabit Ethernet
      Fibre Channel FCoE NAS iSCSI LAN
      • EMC is working with the standards communities and partners to deliver the same reliability and robustness in the next generation virtual data center that we deliver today
      The Converged Data Center sets the operational and capital efficiency foundations for the virtual data center and private clouds Private Cloud Virtualized Data Center Cloud Computing virtualization common infrastructure common management
    • 11. Bio & Company Information
      • Stuart Miniman is a Technologist in EMC Corporation’s CTO Office focused on networking and virtualization technologies. In 10 years with EMC, he has helped develop solutions with storage networking technologies including Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Fibre Channel, iSCSI and Distance Solutions (IP, SONET, WDM). Stuart is also an active participant in EMC’s innovation and social media communities. He holds a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Bryant University.
      • Email: [email_address]
      • Blog: http://blogstu.wordpress.com
      • Twitter: @stu
      • EMC Corporation is the world’s leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information.
    • 12. Stuart Miniman, Technologist, Office of the CTO EMC Corporation http:// blogstu.wordpress.com