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Vol. 3 No. 9 November 2004

4Gb--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 the buzz about 4Gb/sec FC has been spreading for several months, no IT users have yet had a chance to test the technology, which is still working its way through the storage vendors' engineering labs. "There is nothing available yet, and nobody is screaming for it," says Tony Asaro, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, Milford, MA. Asaro, along with most industry analysts, has yet to see the technology demonstrated. When it does arrive, 4Gb/sec FC's adoption should be a gradual, relatively painless process. IT managers may see little need for doubling FC performance now, but they should figure it into their plans as they consider refreshing their storage area network (SAN) technology in the future. Fibre Channel roadmap Performance ...

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Features in this issue

  • The search for cost-effective disaster recovery

    Creating an efficient DR strategy starts with determining the value of your company's applications and data. You can find the right mix of DR technologies to protect your data without breaking the bank.

  • Accommodating arrays

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Modern storage arrays offer disk types to meet any need -- costly Fibre Channel (FC) disks for high-end applications requiring superior performance and availability, and lower-priced SATA disks for less-critical data. The arrays also come with mixed RAID configurations. But selecting the right mix of disks and RAID levels requires understanding the impact of those decisions.

  • Cheap SANs--Hype or Hot?

    Low-cost SANs still looking for a market

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