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Preface

Preface

This book describes the work done by Nuova Systems and Cisco on the evolution of Ethernet as a Data Center Network in 2006 and 2007. The technologies described herein have been accepted by industry and, starting in 2008, made their way into both products and standards.

In particular, the FC-BB-5 standard, which defines Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), has been approved by the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) T11 Fibre Channel committee on June 4, 2009, and was forwarded to INCITS for publication as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard. This book reflects the FCoE standard.

This book describes new Data Center technologies with an educational view. The reader will find here updated material compliant with current standards and material part of proposals for future standards.

Standards are expected to evolve; therefore this book should not be used as a basis for designing standards-compliant products. Designers should refer always to the most recent standards when designing products.

This book probably contains errors. The authors would appreciate if you email any corrections to the following address:

dc_book@ip6.com

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