EMC is throwing its weight behind Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) as the means to deliver high-end storage networking over 10 GbE infrastructures.
The company is basing its Connectrix NEX-5020 on the Cisco 5000 Series switch and then tying it to Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) from Emulex and QLogic, both of which participate in EMC's E-Lab certification program.
EMC says it is looking for a means to provide line-rate, low-latency, lossless connectivity for its storage platforms to meet the increasingly I/O-intensive requirements of multicore processors and virtualized server and storage systems.
The company is also touting FCoE's ability to unify storage and networking onto a single platform, which cuts down on wiring and electrical components that draw energy.
Both the 5020 and the adapters will be available through EMC.