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XIOtech joins the FCIA

Kevin Komiega

XIOtech Corp. has stepped up its involvement in developing fibre channel standards and interoperability by throwing its hat in the ring and joining the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). XIOtech said it hopes to step up its involvement in developing and implementing fibre channel standards and interoperability.

The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based company attended its first FCIA-sponsored activity at the University of New Hampshire Research Computing Center Interoperability Lab's FCIA Group Test Period last month. Its Magnitude SAN proved interoperable with all tested components, a company spokesperson said.

In recent weeks, big players in the storage industry have been pulling out of standards groups left and right. EMC quietly backed out of the Storage Performance Council (SPC) last month and IBM jumped ship from the Fibre Alliance just weeks ago�both citing the groups' mission no longer fit with their own business strategies.

But, smaller companies, such as XIOtech are finding support within these groups and joining alliances and councils as quickly as the larger companies are dropping out.

The president of the FCIA, Skip Jones, said, "Our goal in the FCIA is not only market development, but also to foster a sense of community within the fibre channel industry. We feel that XIOtech, with its broad view of the fibre channel market and its strong relationships with customers and partners, will be an asset for the mainstream market acceptance

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of fibre channel technology and SAN topology."

The FCIA is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in the fall of last year. It currently lists more than 170 members among its ranks. The FCIA has stated that its mission is to nurture and help develop the broadest market for fibre channel products through market development, education, standards monitoring and fostering interoperability among members' products.


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