SAN FRANCISCO: Juniper Networks and Intel are teaming up on a prototype system which would allow companies to reduce the complexity of fibre channel over Ethernet (FCoE) deployments.
The companies joined forces to design a deployment which teams the Juniper QFX3500 networking switch with Intel's VN2VN FCoE software protocol. If deployed, the system would allow enterprises to reduce the need for a dedicated fibre channel switch.
Samir Sharma, product marketing manager with Juniper, told V3 that the aim of the project was to provide a foundation for simplified and practical FCoE networking.
"The reason customers like fibre channel is the scalability and management aspects," he explained. "The thing they do not like is the cost."
Juniper and Intel believe that by reducing the need for additional hardware as well as time spent managing fibre networks, firms can further benefit from the cost savings of FCoE.
"Customers will not only save in cost," Sharma said, "they will not need two separate networks and they do not have to manage two separate networks to fulfil their storage needs."
As the two companies are still awaiting capable hardware from storage vendors, Sharma said that the system currently remains in a prototype state.
For Juniper, however, the system is part of a larger effort to unify various forms of enterprise storage under a single roof. Sharma said that the company was looking to cover platforms ranging from network attached storage and iSCSI to fibre channel and FCoE protocols.
"For us different applications need different things and different customers may require different things," he explained.
"As far as Juniper is concerned we will enable our customers because they all have different needs."
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