DataCore just added support for several FCoE products to their SANsymphony and SANmelody software; supported Converged Networking Adapters include models from Emulex and Brocade. The Cisco Nexus 5000 switch is also supported, with more products to be supported later this year.
The DataCore software allows their customers to transform normal servers and unused capacity on VMware servers into a SAN; by adding FCoE support DataCore says their customers will be able to reduce the amount of cabling needed in their data centers, and easily transition from existing Fibre Channel infrastructure to a converged network. This is, of course, also possible using iSCSI which DataCore supports as well; but having more options available will obviously please their customers.
“With the addition of FCoE to our SAN connectivity options, DataCore continues to demonstrate the ease with which our storage virtualization software adapts to new technology and extends the life of existing investments,” stated Augie Gonzalez, director of product marketing, DataCore Software. “Our customers can immediately take advantage of FCoE in their highly scalable, non-stop storage pools without having to replace or modify their existing back-end storage, which may well include DAS, iSCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces.”