Converged Enhanced Ethernet: New protocols enhance data center Ethernet

10 Gigabit Ethernet performance in the data center is improving. Network traffic and packet loss issues are being solved with new, more efficient protocols. Price, performance and flexibility have made 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) an attractive choice for the data center. While 10 GbE has made inroads, lack of features in existing Ethernet protocols limit its further penetration. The critical issue with Ethernet is that it does not guarantee that packets will not be lost when a switch or end node is momentarily overwhelmed by incoming packets. The IEEE and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) are currently at work developing protocols that will improve network efficiency and eliminate situations in which packets are lost.

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