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Second Industry Wide Multi-Vendor Plugfest – Fall 2017

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Get the Latest on the NVMe Fabrics Over Fibre Channel

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Solutions Guide

2017 is poised to be another great year for the Fibre Channel industry. Since the publication of our last FCIA Solutions Guide in 2016 there has been both tremendous industry progress and technical developments that will shape the future of the storage industry. The legacy of data reliability, integrity and security have always been the compass by which storage professionals make their choices, and not surprisingly Fibre Channel continues to be the interconnect of choice when those attributes are required….

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The heart and soul of any technology, and the industry association that stewards the technology, is its technology roadmap. Just like the term suggests, a roadmap shows not just the history of a technology, but also is a guide to where it is going and when it is going to get there…

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The SCSI protocol has been the bedrock foundation of all storage for more than three decades and it has served (and will continue to serve) customers admirably. SCSI protocol stacks are ubiquitous across all host operating systems, storage arrays, devices, test tools, etc. It’s not hard to understand why: SCSI is a high performance, reliable protocol with a comprehensive error and recovery management mechanisms built in…

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Digital transformation is driving new requirements for scalability, performance, and high IOPs/low-latency for storage, with access to data becoming more critical than ever. Advanced flash memory technologies are forcing an evolution of storage requirements that must simultaneously enable faster access to data while accommodating growing capacity, all at decreasing costs. By many accounts, all-flash array technologies will dominate the primary storage market by the end of this decade, creating a profound impact in enterprise storage as well as a corresponding pressure on infrastructure…

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Ah, storage. The most important part of any Data Center. Wait, wait, I get it – there are no unimportant parts of the Data Center. The ability to store and retrieve data, however, is the heart and soul, and the unmitigated catastrophe that befalls the company that loses data is impossible to overstate….

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Fibre Channel has a laser-focus on speed and continues to progress at a blistering pace. Fibre Channel is continually evolving to higher speeds to meet the high bandwidth needs of storage applications. When large blocks of data are moved between servers and storage, the performance of the application is directly dependent on how fast the data can fly. The storage industry has come to rely on Fibre Channel to deliver superior performance and reliability for mission-critical applications.

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Fibre Channel is at the heart of the data center connecting servers to storage, and relied upon for the most strenuous workloads. For example, Fibre Channel is deployed in many high-end applications in financial and governmental institutions where reliability and scalability are paramount. Fibre Channel consistently delivers greater than “five 9s” or 99.999% uptime as measured by vendors and customers in data center deployments worldwide. Fibre Channel storage area networks are often completely redundant to ensure constant service and uncorrupted data without single points of failure.

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Latest News

1312, 2017

Second Industry-Wide, Multi-Vendor Plugfest Focused on NVMe™ Over Fibre Channel Fabric Completed by Fibre Channel Industry Association

Event Also Signals First Validation of the Newly Completed INCITS T11 FC-NVMe Standard MINNEAPOLIS, December 13, 2017 – The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) today announced the completion of its second industry-wide multi-vendor plugfest focused on Non-Volatile Memory Express  (NVMe™) over Fibre Channel (FC) Fabric and the first validation of the newly completed INCITS T11 FC-NVMe standard. FCIA’s FC-NVMe plugfest [...]

2610, 2017

Live Webcast: FCIP (Extension): Data Protection and Business Continuity

Businesses today rely heavily on their data. Transporting data over significant distance beyond the reach of a threatening event preserves data so organizations can rapidly recover in the event of a site going down. This makes deploying a disaster recovery infrastructure between data centers with fast, continuous, and easy replication of mission-critical data to anywhere in the world essential. Fibre Channel [...]

1910, 2017

Advanced FC-NVMe Q&A

Experts Answer Questions on All Things FC-NVMe   FC-NVMe (NVMe over Fibre Channel) is preparing for its official launch, there have been numerous questions about how the technology works, how it gets implemented, and what makes it special when compared to traditional, SCSI-based Fibre Channel.  That’s why the FCIA hosted a live webcast, “Deep Dive into NVMe over Fibre Channel,” [...]

1209, 2017

Understanding Long-Distance Fibre Channel

As people learn more about Fibre Channel and are curious about NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe), questions arise around how storage solutions are going to be affected by the new technology. Perhaps the least understood aspect of storage networks involves distance solutions, and so FCIA has decided to tackle this issue next with a live webcast on October 10th “Long-Distance [...]

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