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Another milestone for FCoE was reached this week with interoperability testing sponsored by QLogic in the FCoE Test Drive.Here are some of the more interesting quotes from the event:”In our opinion, FCoE is ready to be tested by those customers that want to run their storage traffic over a single, 10Gb converged fabric,” said Dennis Martin, founder and president of computer industry analyst firm Demartek, a third party auditor of the test drive.”"All FCoE traffic on the test drive went through the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches and ran seamlessly with all the other FCoE products in the test drive,” said Ed Chapman, Cisco vice president of product management for the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit. “We are very encouraged by the prospects of FCoE market acceptance due to the fact that it is a non-disruptive technology, which customers can deploy at their own pace to unify their network infrastructures, and offers significant savings in adapter and cable investment as well as in power and cooling costs.”"The ability to converge data and storage networking traffic through a single adapter greatly simplifies life in the data center, as evidenced by this test drive,” said Frank Berry, vice president of marketing, QLogic Corp.”The FCoE Test Drive results further verify that the implementation of FCoE solutions will allow customers to leverage the proven benefits of Fibre Channel and the simplicity and economics of Ethernet fabrics,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at NetApp.Clearly, FCoE is gaining momentum and the multi-vendor approach the industry is taking will ensure that FCoE will gain the maturity and production quality that the storage market requires.Click here for more information on the test drive. Don’t forget to check out the cool videos, too!

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  1. The Demartek FCoE First Look and Test Drive reports are available at: http://www.demartek.com/Demartek_FCoE_First-Look_Test-Drive_2008-07.html.

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