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When it comes to pushing storage packets around the datacentre, there's one protocol that's king: Fibre Channel (FC -- and they even spell it properly). But everyone is predicting that FC will eventually wither away, for a number of reasons.
On a recent excursion to a tech event I had the pleasure of meeting a well-known ‘VM Guru’, (who shall remain nameless). Having read some of this individual’s material I was excited and intrigued to know his thoughts on how he was tackling the Storage challenges related to VMware especially with Fibre Channel SANs.
At more than 40 years old, Dataram certainly isn't a technology start-up, but the memory company has come up with a new approach to storage optimization that could help midsize companies squeeze out more performance from their existing devices.The technology, called XcelaSAN, is an appliance that works within Fibre Channel SANs to better allocate the most active data to high-performance solid state storage.
I just finished this article to help demystify enterprise storage and how it all ties in together. From ATA to SAS and Fibre Channel to ATA over Ethernet, storage technology has come a long way.
If you need reliable enterprise storage with the capacity for massive scalability, you can't beat fibre channel technology. See how it stacks up against SCSI and SAS.
Dell'Oro Group reports on storage area network fibre channel market growing 10% YTY in Q1 2005. Port shipments grew 38%.
This is not as easy as to deploy as Adaptec would have you believe, but it's worth persevering with as an affordable alternative to more expensive Fibre Channel SAN solutions.
In 2003, the Fibre Channel switch market in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan registered healthy growth in terms of total revenue and port shipments, fueled by recoveries in shipments of servers and storage devices that connect to Fibre Channel SANs. Overall port shipments grew 91.
Brocade Communications Systems is set to offer two Fibre Channel switches that fit into IBM BladeCenter server enclosures, giving Big Blue's blades another way to access storage area networks.
The computing device maker introduces a Fibre Channel drive and other products that are intended to smooth out the kinks in storage area networks.
Intel on Monday introduced two optical transceivers designed to double the performance of certain networked storage systems. Intel said the new transceivers support the Fibre Channel specification with a data-transfer rate of 4 gigabits per second.
Worldwide sales of storage area network switches rose 15 percent last year, largely driven by a move toward 2gbps Fibre Channel switches, according to a new study.
There are still many IT pros who don't understand Fibre Channel. TechRepublic's Brien Posey discusses the pros and cons of using this high-speed storage solution.
One day, all data--in transit and at rest--will be encrypted. Neoscale says its storage encryption appliance can secure any or all data bound for Fibre Channel-based storage--with no impact on performance.
Dell Computer announced an expansion card Monday that improves some of its PowerVault 750N and 755N storage systems, giving those that attach to servers by ordinary Ethernet networks the ability to connect with high-speed Fibre Channel networks. The latter technology makes a storage system appear to a server to be connected just like an internal hard drive. The new product--the result of Dell's partnership with storage giant EMC--is designed to smooth over differences between Ethernet-based network-attached storage (NAS) and Fibre Channel-based storage area networks (SANs). The card costs just under $2,500, said Matthew Brisse, product manager for the Dell-EMC product lines. --Stephen Shankland
A number of vendors at N+I are talking about, but, in some cases, not showing a new class of 64-port, 2 gigabit per second Fibre Channel switches designed to consolidate the switching needs of the massive storage installations used by large enterprises.
Low end, high end and fibre channel. Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday filled in some gaps to back up its claim to offer a full storage range
Hewlett-Packard has released two new products for making storage devices available over networks. The eight-port Surestore Entry Switch FC switch--an HP-branded version of Brocade Communications' new Silkworm 3200 switch--lets customers build storage networks using the Fibre Channel networking technology. It has a starting cost of $5,599, HP said Tuesday. A higher-end version, with more sophisticated connections to other switches, costs $16,780 and up. In addition, HP began selling the Surestore NAS 8000, a device that bridges between regular Ethernet networks and Fibre Channel storage area networks. The system, with a starting price of $36,500, effectively lets HP's VA and XP line of storage devices share files like a regular file server attached to an Ethernet network. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Storage start-up BlueArc will use storage networking switches from Vixel within its Si7500 storage system, according to a deal the companies plan to announce Monday. The Vixel switches communicate using the high-speed Fibre Channel networking technology. Each of BlueArc's six-foot tall Si7500 cabinets can accommodate as much as 8.8 terabytes of storage and connect to the outside world using the ordinary TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/Internet protocol) networking standard. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Gadzoox, a troubled maker of networking hardware used to join servers and storage systems, has laid off an undisclosed number of employees, shut down some facilities and eliminated some contractor jobs in an effort to become profitable, the San Jose, Calif., company said Thursday. The company plans to release further details during a conference call after reporting fiscal third-quarter earnings Jan. 23. An increasing amount of the company's revenue comes from the new Slingshot switch, which communicates using the new 2 gigabit-per-second version of the Fibre Channel network standard. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
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