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Overview of Data Center Networks
Dr. Joseph White

With the completion of the majority of the various standards used within the Data Center plus the wider deployment of I/O consolidation and converged networks, a solid comprehension of how these networks will behave and perform is essential.   This tutorial covers technology and protocols used to construct and operate Data Center Networks. Particular emphasis will be placed on clear and concise tutorials of the IEEE Data Center Bridging protocols (PFC, DCBX, ETS, QCN, etc), data center specific IETF protocols (TRILL, etc), fabric based

How VN2VN Will Help Accelerate Adoption of FCoE
David Fair
Joseph White


VN2VN is an enhancement to the ANSI T11 specification for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) that promises to significantly reduce the cost of implementing an FCoE SAN.  VN2VN allows end-to-end FCoE over an L2 network of DCB switches.  VN2VN is part of the BB6 draft standard that is drawing steadily to completion and is now in letter ballet stage.  Anticipating the value of VN2VN, some vendors have already started to release VN2VN capable products.  Customers and bloggers are starting to discuss the impact of VN2VN on their environments.  This presentation will begin with a brief overview of what VN2VN is and proceed to elucidate its real capabilities in illustrative usage models.  How VN2VN can be used in typical customer deployments will be shown.

Learning Objectives

  • What capabilities are in the near final version of BB6 that facilitate deployment of end-to-end FCoE in a DCB Ethernet environment? 
  • What are the compelling use cases for deployment of VN2VN? 
  • What are the best practices to allow a robust secure deployment of VN2VN?

Fibre Channel Technologies Applied to Mobility and Cloud
Jack Rondoni

We are in the middle of a massive shift in how people consume and store information. Fueled by the promises of the cloud and mobility, and driven by the demands of today's data-rich applications, storage and storage networking must transform. Brocade's Jack Rondoni, Sr. Director, Product Management, Data Center SAN, will outline the critical role Fibre Channel will play to drive this important transformation through high-performance, reliable and scalable solutions.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn how new FC technologies drive the transformation to moble and cloud solutions. 
  • Learn how FC provides new high performance, reliable and scalable solutions. 
  • Learn how FC continues to meet the new requirements for Data Center SANs.