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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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102, 2017

Fibre Channel Industry Association Elects 2016/17 Board of Directors

2016 Milestones Include First Public Demonstration of NVM Express® Over Fabrics Using Gen 6 32GFC and a Plugfest with Participation of 11 Companies MINNEAPOLIS, February 1, 2017 – Supporting continued advancement of the purpose-built, data center proven network infrastructure for storage, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) today announced its 2016-17 Board of Directors. “With their strong backgrounds in technology roles, [...]

1701, 2017

How Fibre Channel and NVMe Work Together

Author, J Metz, FCIA Board of Directors NVMe is one of the most interesting new developments to happen to storage in the past several years, and NVMe over Fabrics extends these capabilities over a Storage Area Network. Given that 80% of all existing Flash storage solutions deployed are interconnected with Fibre Channel, many questions have arisen about what it is, [...]

1612, 2016

Latest news: 2016 Year in Summary

FCIA/T11 Year End Update by Rupin Mohan, Director, R&D HPE Future of Storage Networking Protocols Top Storage Priorities ... Download Now

809, 2016

Solutions Guide 2016

Table of Contents 4    Fibre Channel’s Growth Trend 6    The Fibre Channel Roadmap 8    Shared Storage with NVMe 10    Improving High Throughput Applications Performance with Gen6 Fibre Channel 16    Fibre Channel – The Most Trusted Fabric Delivers NVMe 18    Storage Forces

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