Intel is pleased to announce that the Intel® Ethernet X520 Server Adapters now support FCoE (Fiber Channel over Ethernet).  Specifically, Intel has made available an FCoE initiator for Windows* Server 2008 and 2003.  You can find this initiator on both the CD that ships with the product and Intel’s support site as “Intel® Network Connections Software Release 15.4.”  This release provides a WHQL-certified Windows Server 2003 and Server 2008 stack that is optimized for the Intel X520 product family.  Linux*-based FCoE initiators from different distributions including RedHat*, Novell*, and Oracle* are expected later this year.  This FCoE initiator is going through the qualification process at various storage target vendors. 


Storage certification status is as follows (warning!  HTML tables!):

Vendor   Certification

Completion

Microsoft* WHQL

Now

Cisco* Nexus* 5000

Target Q3’ 2010

NetApp*

Target Q3’ 2010

EMC Elabs*

Target Q3’ 2010

 


Current validated switch list:

 

Vendor

Model

FCoE Switch

 

Cisco

Nexus 5020

 

Nexus 5010

Brocade*

Brocade 8000

FC Switch

 

Cisco*

MDS 9216A

 

MDS9124

 

MDS 9222i

Brocade*

Brocade 4800

 

 

FCoE encapsulates Fiber Channel* frames over standard Ethernet networks, enabling Fiber Channel to take advantage of 10 GbE networks while preserving its native protocol.  The X520 server adapters offer FCoE hardware acceleration to provide performance comparable to FC HBAs.  The X520 family of adapters support Data Center Bridging (DCB), which allows customers to configure traffic classes and priorities to deliver a lossless Ethernet fabric for FCoE traffic.  By incorporating the FCoE initiator, an Intel Ethernet X520 Server Adapter reduces TCO by eliminating redundant fabrics and saves the cost of expensive FC HBAs and FC switch ports.  The X520 Server Adapter family now supports all of your communication needs, including LAN, NAS, iSCSI, and FCoE.

Customers seeking direct support with the FCoE initiator can contact: fcoesupport@intel.com

The  product is expected to begin shipping with the FCoE initiator June 30, 2010.