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Cisco, NetApp And VMWare Unveil First End-To-End FCoE Solution

Enterprise networking giants NetApp and Cisco have announced the first ever certified end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) solution, designed to run on VMWare's virtualised environments.

The new networking service, a part of the ongoing collaboration between the two companies, will allow their customers to reduce the quantity of cables and networking equipment required, as well as being able to implement data centre virtualisation, automation and consolidation.

The companies revealed that Cisco's data centre switches and NetApp FcoE storage solutions will be certified by VMware to run on its virtual environment.

Speaking to Computer World, Soni Jiandani, Cisco's vice president of marketing for server access virtualisation, said: “What this means for customers is they are able to build on a consolidated data centre fabric with the ability to mount their servers and virtual machines to any type of storage device.”

She added that the new FCoE solutions were not only designed to improve data centre performance, but to save running costs.