Fiber Channel (FC) is a serial data transfer protocol and standard for high-speed enterprise-grade storage networking. It supports speeds up to 128 Gbps and delivers storage data over fast optical networks. Basically, FC is the language through which storage devices such as HBAs, switches and controllers can communicate.
A comparatively new technology called FCOE has also taken the IT market by storm. FCOE maps Fiber Channel over full duplex Ethernet networks based IEEE 802.3 standard. By consolidating I/O, FCOE reduces cost and complexity by eliminating the necessity of establishing and parallel networks for storage and networking. The technology can be deployed in a “Top-of-the-Rack” configuration also.
Below table shared the difference between Fiber Channel (FC) and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCOE) –