The first 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel storage networking products are out, and could drive the final nail into the coffin of 10Gbit/s Fibre Channel. However, the new technology seems unlikely to stem the drift to iSCSI over 10Gbit/s Ethernet, although it might perhaps slow it a little.
8Gbit/s has the advantage that it uses the same infrastructure as 1, 2 and 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel – in fact, it is just the latest doubling of speed – and like 4Gbit/s and 2Gbit/s it is backwards-compatible. Speed matching allows 8Gbit/s devices to be added to existing SANs where they should interoperate, running each link at the highest speed that’s supported by both ends.
The first 8Gbit/s products are promised by Emulex and QLogic. The technology will be available in the same formats as 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel – switches, host bus adapters (HBAs), etc – for just a 10 to 20 per cent price-premium, the companies suggested.
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