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Unified Fabric: Data Centre Bridging and FCoE Implementation
Arsalan Iqbal, Sameer Liaqat Ali Khan, Rafi Qureshi, Shair Akbar Khan
Pages - 13 - 26     |    Revised - 31-03-2016     |    Published - 30-04-2016
Volume - 8   Issue - 1    |    Publication Date - April 2016  Table of Contents
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KEYWORDS
Storage Area Network, Data Centre, Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet, UCS.
ABSTRACT
In the past decade cloud computing has become the buzzword in IT world. The implementation of cloud based computing and storage technology changed the way of how network infrastructure is built inside an enterprise. As technology has improved and the cloud based storage systems become more affordable, a number of enterprises started outsourcing their data management due to a number of reasons. But still a majority of large enterprises and SMB (small medium businesses) prefer to manage their own in-house data centers and storage area networks. The reason being is the control, security and integrity of stored data on cloud storage servers. In this paper, we will discuss the most commonly implemented SAN technology, fibre channel (FC) in comparison with the new technology called Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). These results will help SAN engineers and designers select the best technology between the two in terms of performance, scalability, cost, maintenance, space, cooling, equipment, cabling, management, adapters, labor cost and manpower. Implementation of FC and FCoE has been done to explore the different features of both technologies. Furthermore, how to build a reliable, scalable and secure storage area network has been demonstrated. This study has been carried out on Cisco Nexus, Cisco MDS and Cisco UCS platform.
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Mr. Arsalan Iqbal
Infrastructure Support Technologist Georgian College - Canada
arsalan.iqbal@georgiancollege.ca
Mr. Sameer Liaqat Ali Khan
M.Eng Computer Networks Ryerson University - Canada
Mr. Rafi Qureshi
M.Eng Computer Networks Ryerson University - Canada
Mr. Shair Akbar Khan
IT Infrastructure Administrator NFF/CTG - Canada