Snapshot: 4Gb/s Fibre Channel Switches


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Would You Buy a 4Gb/s Fibre Channel Switch?

What speed are your Fibre Channel switches today?
Does your current Fibre Channel fabric meet your performance needs?
For your next switch purchase, would you rather buy:

This month, we asked Storage magazine readers about their purchasing intentions for 4Gb/s switches, which QLogic has added to its roadmap. Thirty percent of readers say they will purchase their next switches with 10Gb/s connectivity, due out in 2004--ignoring 4Gb/s altogether. As one reader put it, it's "best

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to upgrade to the highest whenever an upgrade is available in the industry." At the same time though, many readers simply don't feel the need for that kind of speed--an overwhelming majority (86%) of respondents say that current Fibre Channel fabrics meet their performance needs. "I feel the jump from 2Gb to 10Gb is too big. I would be open to 4Gb to 6Gb even," wrote one reader.

This was first published in July 2003

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