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64GFC FAQ

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|

A Q&A on Fibre Channel Interoperability

Got questions about Fibre Channel (FC) interoperability? You’re not alone. At our recent FCIA webcast “Fibre Channel Interoperability” we received many great questions as our experts discussed the many dimensions of FC interoperability. If you missed the live webcast, it’s now available on-demand. We encourage you to watch it at your convenience before or after [...]

2018-09-10T13:23:49-05:00September 10th, 2018|

Save Your SAN (& Sanity): Protocol Analysis for High-Speed Fibre Channel Fabrics

The driving force behind adopting new tools and processes in test and measurement practices is the desire to understand, predict, and mitigate the impact of Sick but not Dead (SBND) conditions in datacenter fabrics. The growth and centralization of mission critical datacenter SAN environments has exposed the fact that many small yet seemingly insignificant problems [...]

2018-09-06T14:39:01-05:00September 6th, 2018|

FICON Webcast Q&A

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) took on the topic of FICON (Fibre Channel Connection) in a FICON 101 webcast now available on demand. During the presentation, our experts Patty Driever, IBM; Howard Johnson, Broadcom and J Metz, Cisco, answered questions, some of which are presented in this blog. To receive more in-depth information, read [...]

2018-08-15T09:00:02-05:00August 15th, 2018|

Fibre Channel Cabling Q&A

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) recently took on the topic of Fibre Channel (FC) Cabling in a live webcast. During the presentation, our experts Zach Nason, Data Center Systems; Greg McSorley, Amphenol Corporation and Mark Jones, Broadcom, answered frequently asked questions, some of which are presented in this blog. If you missed the live [...]

2018-07-30T12:17:43-05:00July 30th, 2018|

The Many Dimensions of Fibre Channel Interoperability

Interoperability is a primary basis for the predictable behavior of a Fibre Channel (FC) SAN.  There are many dimensions to interoperability, from the physical layer, optics, and cables; to port type and protocol; to server, storage, and switch fabric operating systems versions; standards and feature implementation compatibility; and to use case topologies based on the [...]

2018-07-12T10:34:26-05:00July 10th, 2018|
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