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Vol. 2 No. 12 February 2004

4 Gb Fibre Channel: Everyone's On Board

What a difference a few months can make. "A year ago, I wouldn't have bet that 4Gb Fibre Channel [FC] would go anywhere," says Charlie Kraus, director of marketing for the host bus adapter (HBA) unit of LSI Logic Storage Standard Product Division, which plans to ship 4Gb/s HBAs in mid-2004. But now, the current thinking seems to be "Ten gig is so expensive, maybe an incremental step makes sense." And for once, this doesn't appear to be an exclusively vendor-driven technology change. "I've had customers specifically ask me for four gig," says Tony DiCenzo, director of industry marketing for Brocade, which announced its support for the standard last October, at Storage Networking World in Orlando, FL. Large system OEMs are also eager to get their hands on 4Gb/s technology, he says. Drive vendors started the craze when they decided that 10Gb speeds didn't make sense all the way to the drive. Last month, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, the company's disk drive manufacturing arm, demonstrated 4Gb/s FC data transfers between ...

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Features in this issue

  • Rein in e-mail storage

    With new government regulations and users' gigantic e-mail attachments, new approaches for storing e-mail are called for.

  • Remote DR: faster, farther and cheaper

    Post-Sept. 11, you need to consider disaster sites that are geographically distant from your main data centers. Remote replication software, IP storage and new techniques for long-term storage are changing the DR distance equation.

  • 4 Gb Fibre Channel: Everyone's On Board

    Four-gigabit Fibre Channel is a reality.

  • Is storage certification worth it?

    by  Susan J. Marks

    If you're thinking about advancing your career by becoming certified in a particular storage skill, read this article to help you decide if certification is worth your time and money.

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