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It’s amazing to reflect on where Fibre Channel is today since the completion of the standard in 1994. From that time until now we have witnessed some amazing changes in the computing industry, no longer is there a single solution that fits all but continuous innovation has produced technologies and products that more accurately service the needs of a broad array of compute scenarios…

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Just like the term suggests, a roadmap shows the story of a technology. It is a guide to where it has been, where it is, where it is going and when it is going to get there. The more accurate the roadmap, the more valuable it is to its three primary audiences: the IT user base that deploys the technology, the development, manufacturing and distribution base that supplies the technology, and the industry standards bodies that develop standards for the technology…

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fcia_solutionsguide2016_page8Storage has served as the core example of disruptive technologies in a paper by Prof. Clayton Christenson of Harvard Business School. Prof. Christenson practically invented the term “Disruptive Technologies” with his HBS paper “Disruptive Technologies, Catching the Wave” in 1995 using the disk storage drive industry as the prime example. The key metrics for the storage industry for the past two decades were 1) size of disk and 2) dollars per megabyte (MB)…

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fcia_solutionsguide2016_page10In early 2015, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) announced the completion of a collection of new INCITS T11 standards referred to as Gen6 Fibre Channel. As the name suggests, Gen6 points to the sixth generation on the Fibre Channel roadmap fundamentally defining the single lane speed of 32GFC…

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fcia_solutionsguide2016_page16Ever since IBM shipped the world’s first hard disk drive (HDD), the RAMAC 305 in 1956, persistent storage technology has steadily evolved. In the early 1990s, various manufacturers introduced storage devices known today as flash-based or dynamic random access memory (DRAM)-based solid state disk (SSD)…

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fcia_solutionsguide2016_page18Storage is hard. Well, doing storage right is hard. In fact, it’s more than just hard – it’s extremely difficult.

Why? Because storage is the one part of the data center that is absolutely unforgiving. When you lose data, you don’t just lose a bit or a byte, you lose something of value…

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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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3105, 2017

Industry’s First FC-NVMe Plugfest Demonstrates Fibre Channel as the Trusted Fabric for Transporting NVMe™ Natively in Today’s Datacenters

Gen 6 32GFC provides datacenters with greater consistency, predictability, performance and investment leverage to efficiently utilize all-flash, and now NVMe™ storage MINNEAPOLIS, May 31, 2017 – Building upon last year’s successful Non Volatile Memory Express  (NVMe™) over Fibre Channel (FC) Fabric (FC-NVMe) proof of concept, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) today announced the completion of the first Gen 6 [...]

2605, 2017

SANBlaze Announces New FC-NVMe Developers Test Solution

Enables rapid prototyping, qualification, and testing of large FC-NVMe configurations with minimal investment SANBlaze, a leading innovator in storage emulation, is announcing its new Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) Test Solution for early development.  The SANBlaze FC-NVMe Emulation Solution, for both System Host and Device test environments, features integrated Cavium QLogic HBAs and Emulex HBAs by Broadcom that [...]

905, 2017

Fibre Channel 101

Fibre Channel (FC) is the storage networking protocol for enterprise data centers, with over 11 Million ports deployed. Fibre Channel is purpose-built and engineered to meet the demands for enterprise data centers that require rock solid reliability, high performance and scalability. It can even transport new storage protocols, like NVMe, natively. Flexible and resilient, Fibre Channel provides unparalleled performance for storage systems. [...]

2104, 2017

Fibre Channel NVMe – Got Questions?

Our FCIA live webcast, Introducing Fibre Channel NVMe, provided attendees with a solid foundation on how Fibre Channel (FC) and NVMe work together and why someone might want to consider using FC for NVMe-based solutions. If you missed the live event, you can watch it on-demand at your convenience. We answered a lot of great questions during the live webcast, but [...]

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