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 Fibre Channel over Ethernet Banner - Seminar Description  

What may be the most “disruptive” I/O interface technology since Fibre Channel burst onto the scene is the development a standard for transporting Fibre Channel frames over Ethernet (FCoE). With this technology, the dream of a “converged” network for the data center is on the road to becoming a reality. No longer will servers require different, or even separate interfaces for networking and storage — both can be accomplished with the same low-cost Ethernet — already the universal standard for networking. With one set of cables, switches and skills, systems, servers (especially blade servers) can provide increased functionality with reduced cost and complexity.

Course Outline  

FCoE Introduction and Concepts
The “Converged” Data Center Network
What is FCoE?
FC and FCoE Roadmap
Benefits of FCoE
Hardware vs. Software FCoE
FCoE, Fibre Channel and Ethernet Standards
FCoE Deployment Scenarios
Blade Server Environments
Rack Server Environments
FCoE Switching
FCoE Servers and Virtual Machines
FCoE Configurations
FCoE Attachment to an FCoE Switch
FCoE Attachment via Ethernet Switches
Looking at the Benefits
Blade Server Case Study Example
FCoE Technology
FCoE and Enhanced Ethernet
FCoE Frame Encapsulation
Architecture Models and Configurations
MAC Addressing
Discovery and Virtual Link Initialization
Introduction to Ethernet
Ethernet Frame Format
Ethernet Topologies
Ethernet Physical Link Variants
Virtual LANs (VLANs)
Making Ethernet “Lossless”
Link Aggregation
Ethernet and Fibre Channel’s R_A_TOV
Architecture Models
FCoE Virutal Links
FCoE Link Endpoints
Node and Node Port Models
Fabric and Fabric Port Models

FCoE Addressing
Fibre Channel and Ethernet Addresses
Server Provided MAC Addresses (SPMA)
Fabric Provided MAC Addresses (FPMA)
FCoE Discovery and Virtual Link Initialization
FCoE Discovery
ENode Virtual Link Initialization
Inter-switch Link Discovery and Initialization
FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP)
FIP Protocol
FIP Solicitation
FIP Advertisement
FIP Clear Virtual Link
FIP Keep Alive
FCoE Encapsulation
Determining the Ethernet Destination Address
Fibre Channel and Ethernet Frame Sizes
Ethernet and Fibre Channel Comparison
Encapsulation/Decapsulation Flow
Access Control
Fibre Channel Zoning
Ethernet Access Control Lists (ACLs)
FCoE Error Scenarios
Duplicate MAC Address Errors
Rogue Host Attacks
Ethernet Forwarding Errors
Summary of FCoE Changes
Data Center Ethernet (DCE)
What is Data Center Ethernet?
Per-Priority Pause Flow Control
Priority and Bandwidth Management
Ethernet Congestion Management
Link Level Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
Data Center Bridge Exchange Protocol (DCBX)
Summary, Q&A, and Conclusion

Who Should Attend: This seminar is targeted towards developers, integrators, managers and others with a need for an understanding of this exciting new storage interface technology.
Prerequisites: The student must have an understanding of Fibre Channel protocols (our 2-day Fibre Channel Protocols course is designed to provide the necessary background). An understanding of current computer interfaces and networks is desirable, although not absolutely necessary.
Course Length:

3 days