As today’s trends drive the demand for increasing bandwidth in data centers, Ethernet switches must respond with the ability to use the available bandwidth effectively. Congestion management is particularly important, along with advanced quality-of-service (QoS) features that enable the switches to maximize throughput for priority traffic.

This technology backgrounder profiles the capabilities of the Fujitsu MB86C69RBC Ethernet switch chip, with a focus on data center requirements. In order to provide an understanding as to why these capabilities are vital, the paper opens with an overview of data center trends.