Miniman said that for the converged network "to be more interesting," the core Nexus 7000 switch , which has 512 ports, needs to be in the mix.
Cisco said at its Cisco Live user conference last month that it plans to support FCoE with the Nexus 7000 beginning in the next quarter of 2010.
"Bottom line, the ecosystem for Ethernet-based storage is continuing to grow," Miniman said. "The pieces are starting to fall into place for realistic end-to-end FCoE solutions to be deployed by late 2010 or 2011."
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