Native FcoE Connectivity Now Available on Clariion Arrays

FCoE or Fibre Channel over Ethernet has been a long awaited cabability for the EMC Clariion Platform.  For many IT shops who have been considering upgrading to something like a Cisco Nexus infrastructure this is great news.  Now in addition to 1Gb iSCSI, 10Gb iSCSI, 4Gb FC and 8Gb FC Ultra Flex Module you can add FCoE to the mix.  This of course give you the capability to run both your SAN and your IP traffic over the same link.  Clariion customers now have the choice of either 8Gb FC and FCoE or 1GbE/10GbE iSCSI as base configs for new Clariion arrays…..and of course existing arrays can be upgraded to the new technology with a simple Ultra Flex port upgrade.

So here are some of the details you’ll need to know about the new Ultra Flex FCoE modules:

  • Sold in pairs
  • Max of 2 modules for the CX4-120 and CX4-240 and a max of 4 modules for the 480 and 960
  • Suppoort for Cisco Nexus and Brocade CEE
  • FCoE performance should equal roughly 90% of what you’d see from 8Gb FC
  • Can only be installed in empty Ultra Flex ports. **Existing modules can NOT be replaced**
  • Support for Optical or TwinAx (copper) SFP+
    • EMC sku – CX-MXGFCOEOPA – for optical connectivity
    • EMC sku – CX-MXGFCOETWA – for TwinAx connectivity
    • Each module has 2 port and is sold in a pair (4 ports total per sku)
  • Currently support: Windows 2003/2008, Linux (SLES 10,11 / RHEL 5,6), ESX 3.5, 4.0, 4.1
  • Customer Installable
  • 2 full coordinated reboots required during installation

From a cost standpoint the modules are very reasonable wether ordering as part of a new array or upgrading your existing array.  Talk to your EMC reseller to get more details.

 

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