BACKGROUND IMAGE: iSTOCK/GETTY IMAGES

Storage

Managing and protecting all enterprise data

iSTOCK/GETTY IMAGES

Snapshot: What sort of SAN will you buy?

VENDORS TELL US that 4Gb/sec Fibre Channel (FC) is here, and Storage readers seem to believe them. Of the 70% of readers who say they'll buy a SAN array this year, a respectable 29% will buy it with a 4Gb/sec interface. And they're not just buying 4Gb FC because they can (or have to): Sixty-eight percent claim they need the extra performance 4Gb/sec FC will provide.

Readers are similarly upbeat about buying 4Gb/sec FC disk drives in the coming year. Twenty-seven percent expect to buy 4Gb/sec FC drives for their next array vs. 54% who will opt for 2Gb/sec FC. Perhaps more significant, however, is the number of readers (49%) who will stock their arrays with SATA drives. Add to that the 15% who will buy low-cost FC drives, and you have a sizeable majority of storage administrators who are using their SANs for low-performance apps.

In the fabric, the trend toward 4Gb FC is even more pronounced. Of those readers who plan to buy a new switch or director, 57% say they'll forego 2Gb FC and move to 4Gb.

--Alex Barrett

Article 12 of 17
This was last published in June 2006

Dig Deeper on SAN technology and arrays

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

Get More Storage

Access to all of our back issues View All

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchDisasterRecovery

SearchDataBackup

SearchConvergedInfrastructure

Close