Intel took a further step today to simplify the data center by introducing a free new technology that enables all data center traffic to run over a single cable using the Intel 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) Server Adapter X520 family.
Unified networking allows IT departments to create flexible superhighways in virtualized data centers by consolidating multiple data and storage networks onto a single 10GbE network. The consolidation of cabling equipment can help reduce global IT spending by $3 billion a year, and the 400 million feet of global data center cabling saved is enough to wrap around the Earth three times.
A simple and high-speed unified data center network is a cornerstone of Intel’s Cloud 2015 vision and Open Data Center initiative, which were announced in October. Unified networking on 10GbE creates a data center infrastructure that is easier to manage, yet can accommodate the heavy network traffic of the cloud.
Intel’s Open FCoE integrates capabilities into the operating system to deliver full unified networking without the need for additional expensive, proprietary hardware. IT departments can use common management tools for server network and storage connectivity while integrating with existing Fibre Channel environments.
Intel has worked closely with key industry leaders to certify and ensure a strong ecosystem of compatible solutions. Companies supporting the Open FCoE solution include Cisco, Dell, EMC, NetApp, Oracle and Red Hat.
The Intel Open FCoE software stack is available as a free upgrade on existing X520 family products.