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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Switches and host bus adapters are available, but 8Gb/sec arrays won't be released until next year. UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS Fibre Channel (FC) specification transition from 2Gb/sec to 4Gb/sec in 2004, there may be a legitimate enterprise need for 8Gb/sec FC. "There are some select applications that require 8Gb/sec FC right now, like high-definition video," says Tim Lustig, solutions architect at QLogic Corp. However, "the key driver for 8Gb/sec is virtualization and server consolidation," says Kyle Fitze, director of SAN marketing at Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. Large companies are adopting virtualization to consolidate thousands of servers. Bob Gill, managing director, servers at TheInfoPro, a New York City-based research organization, says "95% of respondents [to our latest survey] state that virtualization is critical to achieving their business objectives." Not like 4Gb/sec When Storage first wrote about the transition from 2Gb/sec to 4Gb/sec FC, the big question was what organizations would do with the extra performance. At that time, almost no organization, ... Access >>>

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