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Vol. 6 No. 11 January 2008

8Gb/sec Fibre Channel widens lane for SAN traffic

The need for more Fibre Channel (FC) bandwidth continues unabated, driven by server and storage virtualization, and data replication. To meet these new demands, 8Gb/sec FC switches and host bus adapters (HBAs), along with enhanced software integration with virtual servers, are set to debut in 2008. Richard Villars, VP of storage systems research at Framingham, MA-based IDC, finds that server and storage virtualization, as well as better utilization of multicore and bladed servers in data centers, are priorities for IT executives. "The concentration of server and storage assets makes the delivery of higher speed solutions like 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel critical for companies that want adequate network capacity in their data centers," says Villars. Scott McIntyre, Emulex's VP of software and customer marketing, says that even though 4Gb/sec FC was released in 2005, customers continue to display an "insatiable demand" for more network capacity. He speculates that the rapid adoption of server virtualization could lead to companies ...

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  • 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel widens lane for SAN traffic

  • Unlimited storage

    Clemson University has big plans as it upgrades its data center—and those plans call for lots and lots of storage. Their new IT infrastructure is being built along the lines of the National Science Foundation's Cyberinfrastructure initiative. Clemson expects its new world-class facility to attract a new crop of young faculty who will find the storage, bandwidth and CPU resources needed to support their research efforts.

  • Taming storage virtualization

    Where storage virtualization should reside and how it should be applied depends on the size of the storage infrastructure, the type of applications running in it, and the levels of control and visibility required by administrators. We look at the leading storage virtualization products and help you decide which technology may be best for your storage shop.

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