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….
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…
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…
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…
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….
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 [...]
Fibre Channel is the most well known dedicated storage networking protocol in use in data centers today, and is considered the gold standard for storage in terms of availability, reliability, and scalability. However, it does require some specific design and planning requirements. For that, storage administrators use the Fibre Channel Speedmap in order to plan. On April 6, 2017, members [...]
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, [...]
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, [...]