Traditionally, different networks are used for traffic management based on the application requirements, and load distribution of network traffic that is based on the available bandwidth. For example, local area network (LAN) uses Ethernet and storage area network (SAN) uses fibre channel. However, data center bridging enhances the Ethernet making it more suitable for running different types of traffic, which is converged traffic, and also to support features such as losslessness. DCB enables efficient network infrastructure by consolidating SAN and LAN and thereby reducing operational and management costs in large deployments.
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