Here comes 8Gig Fibre Channel


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Beyond 8Gb/sec FC
The Fibre Channel Industry Association, which manages the FC roadmap (see "Fibre Channel roadmap," PDF below), is signaling the next performance jump to 16Gb/sec. Work on the 16Gb/sec FC specification is underway with completion slated for 2009. Actual products should be delivered by 2011. After that, the future gets murky with development of 32Gb/sec, 64Gb/sec and even 128Gb/sec FC dependent on market interest.

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Click here for the Fibre Channel roadmap (PDF).

With storage arrays incorporating 8Gb/sec technology still months away, there isn't much for a storage manager to do right now. If an organization needs the performance of 8Gb/sec FC, it can begin upgrading to available switches and HBAs, or it can ponder a future jump to FCoE. When the time comes to finally make the move to end-to-end 8Gb/sec FC, prices should have dropped. Otherwise, sit tight.

This was first published in July 2008

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