The Fibre Channel over Ethernet storage protocol may enhance virtualisation projects, according to new research.
It could ensure greater mobility of virtual machines, and is in the plans of more than a quarter of US Fortune 1000 companies, according to the TheInfoPro IT consulting firm.
Few companies have begun using FCoE products, which is not a surprise given that FCoE standards have not yet been finalized, said Rob Stevenson, managing director of storage research for TheInfoPro. But storage executives at large enterprises are looking forward to benefits FCoE could bestow on virtualised servers, he said.
The simplified cabling schemes promised by FCoE will reduce the amount of physical work required to move a VM from one server to another, Stevenson said.
"If there are less connection points to a virtual machine, you have more mobility," he said. Even in a virtual environment, "there are still physical interfaces beneath the hardware that have to be provisioned properly."
TheInfoPro surveyed storage executives from 303 Fortune 1000 companies between November and April for a new report titled "Fibre Channel Over Ethernet (FCoE): Storage Pro Perspective."
A draft FCoE standard was recently approved by a technical committee within the International Committee for Information Technology Standards and submitted for an initial public review.
When asked which applications will benefit the most from FCoE, respondents put virtualised servers at the top, followed by databases, blade servers, backup environments, Microsoft applications, disaster recovery and data warehouses.