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IBM and Cisco Help Customers Adopt FCoE for Unified Fabric

July 22, 2009
at 12:00 pm PST

So, we continue to see traction with customers for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) because IT organizations are beginning to understand both immediate benefits through reduced capital and operating costs (a big incentive in today’s economy) and the longer term advantages as they continue to virtualize their data centers. Cisco already has over 900 customers deploying the Nexus 5000 switch and today IBM announced that its Systems and Technology Group (STG) will re-sell the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch as part of its new Data Center Networking portfolio.

image Here’s what Barry Rudolph, VP, IBM Storage has to say: “Networking is an important element in highly virtualized and Cloud computing environments. By working with market leaders like Cisco, IBM aims to provide choice and flexibility in providing dynamic infrastructures and world class solutions and services for our customers.”

This agreement with IBM extends Cisco’s ability to support our customers’ goals to deploy a unified fabric with converged networks, and expands Cisco’s routes to market. As the pioneer and market leader in FCoE technology for converging networks into a unified fabric, Cisco offers IBM customers innovative technology coupled with investment protection. Most IT organizations seem to be deploying FCoE when a technology refresh or new project is happening -- they take the opportunity to move towards a unified data center fabric because it delivers so many benefits. FCoE technology helps to create greener data centers through the reduction of cables, adapters and switches. This reduces capital cost (less equipment to purchase) and operating costs (reduced power/cooling and management costs.) It just makes good sense. Customers tell us that simply not having to manage a jungle of cables is huge benefit for day-to-day data center operations.

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