How Fibre Channel Standards Are Made, Part I: What Are Standards?

We rely on technical standards for all facets of daily life. It’s become really easy to take technology standards for granted, forgetting that they underpin the technology used in everyday activities. However, when things go wonky, it becomes glaringly apparent that there is a desperate need for things to work together, seamlessly. Imagine, for instance, [...]

2019-06-07T13:19:47-05:00June 7th, 2019|

Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics FAQ

The FCIA has hosted two webcasts on protocol analysis, Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics, which covered the basics on protocol analysis followed by a more advanced session, Protocol Analysis 201 for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics. If you missed one, or want to watch them again, they are both available on demand. The recent [...]

2019-06-05T15:14:38-05:00June 5th, 2019|

A Back to Basics on Fibre Channel Zoning

It’s time to get back to fundamentals on Fibre Channel. So, that’s exactly what we plan to do at our next FCIA live webcast on June 27, 2019 “Fibre Channel Zoning Basics.” In this FCIA webinar, we’re going to be talking about one of the most fundamental and crucial aspects of the protocol and what [...]

2019-05-07T11:26:35-05:00May 7th, 2019|

Get Ready for a 201 Lesson on Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics

Reacting to the overwhelming positive feedback and the requests for additional information from the first webcast, Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics, the Fibre Channel Industry Association is continuing its commitment to education by offering a follow-up - Protocol Analysis 201 for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics on April 11th 10:00 AM PST. In our [...]

2019-02-14T13:37:11-05:00February 14th, 2019|

FICON 201 – The Tutorial Continues

FICON (Fibre Channel Connection) is an upper-level protocol supported by mainframe servers and attached enterprise-class storage controllers that utilize Fibre Channel as the underlying transport. Our FICON 101 webcast described some of the key characteristics of the mainframe and how FICON satisfies the demands placed on mainframes for reliable and efficient access to data. FCIA experts [...]

2019-01-17T16:20:56-05:00January 17th, 2019|


At our last live FCIA webcast “Will You Still Love Me When I Turn 64GFC” our expert speakers, Dean Wallace and Barry Maskas, provided a technical session on T11 standards which define 64GFC serial Fibre Channel. It was a deep dive into backwards speed auto-negotiation compatibility, compatible form factors, and more, while having some fun [...]

2018-12-17T12:09:03-05:00December 14th, 2018|

Will You Still Love Me When I Turn 64GFC?

Fibre Channel’s speed roadmap defines a well-understood technological trend: the need to double the bit rate in the channel without doubling the required bandwidth. In order to do this, PAM4 (pulse-amplitude modulation, with four levels of pulse modulation), enters the Fibre Channel physical layer picture.  With the use of four signal levels instead of two, [...]

2018-12-17T12:09:13-05:00November 6th, 2018|

Protocol Analysis Expert Q&A

Protocol Analysis Expert Q&A   A few weeks ago, the FCIA hosted a live webcast on Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics in the Data Center. For those of us within the FCIA, we also referred to it as “Saving You SAN and Your Sanity!”  Well, you get the picture. If you missed the [...]

2018-12-11T11:45:14-05:00October 26th, 2018|

FCIA Panel Discuss Expanding the Power of Flash with FC-NVMe

Flash is really fast, and performance-hungry applications must be able to access it wherever it is located.  Luckily, NVMe can take advantage of flash throughout a computer system.  However, accessing flash over a network can introduce problems which designers must solve. Accesses can take much longer than local flash, latency can rise significantly, networking issues can [...]

2018-12-11T11:49:15-05:00September 26th, 2018|
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