Today, IBM announced an extended agreement with Cisco to resell the Cisco Nexus 5000 switch with support for Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) as part of its Dynamic Infrastructure solutions for the data center. Although IBM is not the only partner delivering Cisco’s industry-leading Nexus 5000 switch, this announcement does illustrate:
1. The FCoE standard continues to gain momentum in the data center. As IBM adds support for this growing standard to respond the many customers that are looking to FCoE as an alternative to fibre channel as they converge their data center infrastructures and implement a more unified networking fabric over Ethernet. 2. Cisco and IBM are continuing to work closely to drive innovation in many areas of the data center and providing customers more of a choice when selecting among industry-leading networking solutions that best meets their needs.
To hear more about how FCoE and how the Cisco Nexus 5000 is transforming the data center, see this video commentary from Soni Jiandani, vice president of marketing for the Server Access Virtualization Business Group:To read more on this topic, you can also check out Omar Sultan’s Data Center Networking blog: http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter