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Cisco Unveils FabricPath for Virtual Data Center Networks

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Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) today unveiled a number of new networking offerings for virtual data centers, the latest in the networking giant's push for converged data and storage networks.

Topping the list is FabricPath, a new feature of Cisco's NX-OS operating system. The implementation of the emerging Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) standard offers greater scalability and bandwidth than the spanning tree protocol it is designed to replace. Cisco says FabricPath is ideal for virtualization and cloud computing environments.

The new Nexus 7000 F-series I/O module for Nexus 7000 data center switches offers 32 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with low latency, reduced power and improved ROI, Cisco says. Designed for access and aggregation layer applications, the I/O module supports both Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, Data Center Bridging and TRILL standards, with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support coming soon.

Cisco also unveiled new versions of its Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) offerings.

For more on the new offerings, see Cisco ships FabricPath software for NX-OS at InfoStor.

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