If you find yourself beyond the basic Fibre Channel (FC) phase and need more in-depth information on FC strategies, protocols, budget concerns and SAN connectivity issues, check out our Fast Guide to Advanced Fibre Channel.
Navigating the new drives
Keeping track of disk technology used to be easy: Each year, you could count on capacities to go up, performance to improve and drives to become more reliable. But those metrics don't apply to what's happening today.
Firm to offer low-cost iSCSI controller, HBAs Moving storage with the iSCSI protocol has been heralded as easier and cheaper than constructing a Fibre Channel (FC) SAN. But is iSCSI as cheap as vendors claim, or does it come closer to a FC price tag than they would have you believe?
Deals abound for high-end storage
Think high-end storage is out of your reach? Maybe not. Conversations with several storage buyers recently suggest that vendors are scrambling to give buyers the best possible deals.
Where Fibre Channel is headed
The near future will see a lot of confusion in Fibre Channel bandwidth options, with 4, 8 and ultimately 10 GB coming on the market. At the same time, host bust adapter (HBA) prices are under pressure. Find out what's being done to improve HBA manageability and interoperability.
4 GB – Ready or not, here it comes
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 EMC looks to TwinStrata technology to turn the cloud into a storage tier from inside a SAN, one customer proves CloudArray has value without a separate SAN for primary, backup and disaster recovery storage.