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Consolidating With CNAs - The 10 GbE Changeover

An Illustrated Guide to Making the Move to 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Consolidating With CNAs - The 10 GbE Changeover

SANs and LANs typically operate in parallel yet distinct networks. Both are necessary, but having two networks obviously adds complexity to IT infrastructure. With the help of a converged network adapter (CNA) and a Fibre Channel Over Ethernet switch, though, admins can meld these two networks and consolidate I/O traffic. CNAs are sold by Cisco, EMC, Emulex, HP, IBM, and others. Note that a dual-port CNA coupled with two FCoE switches will provide redundancy for failure protection and, again, allow 10 GbE to help streamline IT infrastructure. (image source)

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