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What is Data Center Ethernet?

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Created on: Oct 31, 2008 12:23 AM by Adrie: Certifications Community Mgr. - Last Modified:  Aug 1, 2014 3:20 PM by Madhukar: Cisco Team

TITLE: What is Data Center Ethernet (DCE)?
AUTHOR: Robert Elling
DATE: October 2008
DESCRIPTION: This document will review what Data Center Ethernet is.
Please review the summary below.

Summary of Material:

A unified fabric is the end-state network where LAN, storage area network (SAN), and

interprocess communication (IPC) traffic are converged onto a single network infrastructure.


Data Center Ethernet (DCE) is the foundation for delivering a unified fabric. DCE will also appeal to customers who are not planning for consolidated I/O due to its Layer 2 multipathing capabilities and its lossless service behavior.
DCE comprises a set of Ethernet enhancement standards that adhere to the emerging IEEE data center bridging specification.

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