In today’s data centers, many organizations maintain an Ethernet network for core networking and a Fibre Channel network for storage traffic. As just about everyone knows, this well-established approach to networking comes with its challenges—in the form of different protocols, different hardware, different management tools, and different skills sets for administration.
In an exploration of the solution to these data center and network challenges, the animated narrator of a new video from Intel expresses the problem in simple terms: “The results are often high complexity, high costs, and high blood pressure.”
So what do you do to lower these dynamics in your data center? This how-to video offers a simple prescription: unified networking based on Intel® Ethernet 10 Gigabit (10GbE) products.
In particular, this video demonstrates how to configure a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) storage solution using products from Intel, NetApp, and Cisco. The video uses animated graphics and many screen captures to walk you through the process of creating a unified network based on a tested reference architecture. Along the way, the narrator offers helpful tips to smooth out deployment wrinkles.
If you’re considering moving to a unified network, this video is a great place to begin your planning efforts. In just 17 minutes, you’ll gain an up-close view of how it’s done—and just how easy it can be.
Truthfully, though, we can’t promise that unified networking will lower your blood pressure. But it can sure make life simpler for your network administrators.
For the deeper dive, check out Unified Networking with Intel® Ethernet 10 Gigabit Server Adapters and NetApp Storage. --
It’s now playing on a YouTube screen near you.