Intel open-source package aims to ease managing data centers

Intel adds Fiber Channel over Ethernet implementation for Linux

Intel Tuesday unveiled software that it said will enable developers to build and test Fibre Channel over Ethernet offerings on Linux-based systems. This would allow IT administrators simplify storage area network (SAN) infrastructure in the datacenter, Intel said.

The open source software package from Intel is currently available for download at http://www.open-fcoe.org/. The package includes a software key to access Fibre Channel over Ethernet along with support tools, said Intel officials. A software initiator, or key, creates a session with a source target to establish connectivity and send data to the target device or application.

Fibre Channel over Ethernet is a proposed standard specification which aims to enable storage area network (SAN) traffic to be natively delivered over Ethernet networks. Supported by several large IT vendors, the networking protocol is expected by be ratified by the American National Standards Institute T11 body in mid-2008, said Jordan Plawner, Intel storage planner and technologist

Plawner said Intel's Fibre Channel over Ethernet open source project is designed to enable the Linux community to create a native standards-based software stack that can be easily integrated into Linux OS distributions. "Linux is a little behind [Microsoft] Windows in being storage friendly," within the data center, said Plawner.

He said that extending Fibre Channel over Ethernet to Linux users should help IT administrators simplify data center management by combining local area network and SAN infrastructure components into a single 10-gigabit system.

Intel conferred with experts at Linux providers Red Hat and Novell to ensure that the offering would be as Linux friendly as possible, noted Plawner.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Brian Fonseca

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Learn more >

Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System

Learn more >

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush

Learn more >

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player

Learn more >

SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?