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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Next year, 4Gb/sec Fibre Channel (FC) products will start to roll out. These products will double the performance of 2Gb/sec gear for the same price, although the earliest adopters will probably pay a small premium until the full economies of large-scale chip production kick in. Although the buzz about 4Gb/sec FC has been spreading for several months, no IT users have yet had a chance to test the technology, which is still working its way through the storage vendors' engineering labs. "There is nothing available yet, and nobody is screaming for it," says Tony Asaro, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, Milford, MA. Asaro, along with most industry analysts, has yet to see the technology demonstrated. When it does arrive, 4Gb/sec FC's adoption should be a gradual, relatively painless process. IT managers may see little need for doubling FC performance now, but they should figure it into their plans as they consider refreshing their storage area network (SAN) technology in the future. Fibre Channel roadmap Performance improvement The 4Gb/sec FC transition... Access >>>

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