Published: 14 November 2011
Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse
Storage area networks (SANs) are the lifeblood of the organization's most valuable asset -- customer data. How to deliver the data is much debated among IT professionals. SAN protocol selection is a daunting task, complicated by the many protocol choices. Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) has been the de facto standard, but as Ethernet begins to dominate the data center, protocols such as Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), ATA over Ethernet (AoE), and Internet FCP (iFCP) have entered the scene. This document helps organizations decide on the right storage area protocol for data center SANs.
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