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Published: 22 Oct 2012

End in sight for Fibre Channel? FIBRE CHANNEL (FC) may still reign as king of the networked storage realm, but I have to wonder just how long that supremacy will endure. FC advocates say you can't beat storage systems built around that protocol for performance and reliability, which seems to be a pretty solid argument for now. Still, from my perspective, there have been enough rumblings to suggest that FC's position as leader of the storage pack isn't so secure and it could even be toppled from its throne. The first chinks in FC's armor come as a result of iSCSI storage gaining wider acceptance. Back in iSCSI's early days, vendors offering those systems were careful not to step on the toes of the big storage guys and positioned their systems as complementary to--rather than competitive with--FC. That was a pretty accurate assessment for the most part, as initial iSCSI storage arrays had some shaking down to do and certainly couldn't match the credentials of FC storage. But I think that strategy by iSCSI vendors was partly a ploy to stay out of the sights of ... Access >>>

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