Intel's release of GPLv2-licensed Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
code for Linux.
"FCoE's purpose is to enable data centers to consolidate LAN and SAN (storage area network) traffic over 10GB Ethernet. FC, which comes in speeds from 2 to the just arriving 8G bps, is commonly used in data center SANs. In recent years it's been challenged by iSCSI. Fibre, which, despite the name can run both on copper and fiber-optic cables, is seen as faster and more reliable, while iSCSI is commonly thought of as less expensive.
Intel, along with FCoE's founder Cisco Systems, is hoping to combine the virtues of both Fibre and iSCSI with this new high-speed, dual-purpose network fabric.
"Unlike iSCSI, FCoE does not run on the TCP/IP stack. This is Fibre Channel on Ethernet without the overhead or the management and analysis tools of TCP/IP.
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