Storage Must Wait for Cisco's Data Center Vision
Nexus, the fastest and densest Ethernet switch on the planet, will initially feature 1- and 10-Gbit/s Ethernet connectivity with support for TCP/IP-related protocols, including iSCSI. Featuring a new operating system, Nexus will converge various traffic types into a single "virtualized control plane," with a range of traffic management, quality of service, and security capabilities.
Performance claims are impressive: An initial Nexus 7000 platform includes a 10-slot chassis capable of supporting 256 10-Gbit/s Ethernet ports or 384 1-Gbit/s ports. Within six months, Cisco will add an 18-slot chassis capable of 512 10-Gbit/s ports or 768 1-Gbit/s ports. Throughput rates will reach 15 Tbit/s, Cisco says.
To tap that blazing speed for SANs, though, will take some time...
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