Contrary to the popular belief, not all vendors are equal when it comes to providing unified fabric. To meet customer needs, unified fabric is no longer only about the convergence of SAN and LAN, unified fabric must also enable customers to build a scalable and intelligent multiprotocol network environment.
The days of monolithic data centers are gone – customers are asking for purpose-built architectures to facilitate automated data movements and enable new business models as IT moves from a cost center to a business-relevant service center.
Unified Fabric and the Role of SANs : Cisco Unified Fabric combines innovation in LAN and SAN to build a converged, scalable and intelligent unified fabric to support your data center needs.
Cisco’s John McCool explores the compelling benefits of a Unified Fabric
So what does Cisco Unified Fabric brings to your data center?
Cisco Unified Fabric integrates storage and data networking to deliver: transparent convergence, massive three-dimensional scalability, and sophisticated intelligent services. Unified Fabric offers the best of both worlds (SANs and LANs) –
- Delivering high-performance, highly available networks to serve diverse data center needs
- Enabling users to take advantage of Ethernet’s economy of scale, extensive vendor community, and future innovations
- Supporting lossless requirements to carry storage traffic (FC, FCoE, iSCSI, and NAS) over Ethernet
If you are planning on a new data center, upgrading your current infrastructure, or refreshing your server environment, Unified Fabric can help! Cisco Unified Fabric offers an open, standards-based solution that addresses today’s most pressing concerns in the data center. Whether you are consolidating your VM’s, or virtualizing your storage and network environments or thinking of reducing cost of your infrastructure – consider the unified fabric approach.
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