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Intel Wants Servers to Have Open FCoE Inside

Nov 02, 2009, 12:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jennifer Schiff)

"In April, Open-FCoE moved a step closer to its goal when its FCoE initiator, along with the data center bridging (DCB) drivers, which provide the quality of service that organizations need to be able to run Fibre Channel over Ethernet on a unified wire (along with other traffic types), were included in the 2.6.29 Linux kernel. The Open-FCoE project also released a generic Fibre Channel library and a generic Fibre Channel over Ethernet library, which provide a standard interface for Fibre Channel or FCoE devices to plug into the operating system, which Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is using in one of its drivers.

"As a result of being included in the Linux kernel, Open-FCoE's code was also included in Red Hat's (NYSE: RHT) Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.3 distribution as a tech preview, "indicating the future acceptance of this technology as part of the Linux infrastructure, much like iSCSI, TCP/IP and other native OS protocols," said Jordan Plawner, senior product planner at Intel."

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