2014 milestones including the announcement of Gen 6 Fibre Channel demonstrate why enterprises continue to invest in Fibre Channel to power their most mission- and business-critical environments
SAN FRANCISCO – December 8, 2014 — The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA), a non-profit international organization of manufacturers, systems integrators and vendors, today announced it has elected a Board of Directors to serve its membership for the 2014-2015 term.
The FCIA organization consists of 23 global member companies, all of which are leaders in the Fibre Channel industry and continue to provide thought leadership, education and guidance to the growing storage networking market
The members of the 2014/2015 FCIA Board of Directors are:
- Chairman and President: Mark Jones, Emulex
- Treasurer: Greg McSorley, Amphenol
- Secretary: Jay Neer, Molex
Members at Large:
- Marketing Chair: Rupin Mohan, Hewlett Packard
- Craig Carlson, Qlogic
- Kevin Ehringer, DCS
- Saito Kinya, Fujitsu Japan (FCIA Japan)
- J Metz, Cisco
- Steven Wilson, Brocade
“Fibre Channel is the only purpose-built and proven fabric based network for storage, engineered to meet the demands of enterprise data centers that require non-stop availability, maximum performance, and simple scalability,” said Mark Jones, Chairman and President, FCIA. “2014 was another great year for Fibre Channel innovation and enterprises and service providers can look forward to even more advancements in the coming years as next-generation solutions are developed based on the Gen 6 standard in order to leverage its advanced feature set.”
In 2014, FCIA announced several new initiatives designed to extend Fibre Channel’s position as the industry’s most reliable and robust storage networking solution including:
- Gen 6 Fibre Channel, the industry’s fastest industry standard networking protocol that enables storage area networks of up to 128GFC
- A new workgroup within the INCITS T11 Committee that will align Fibre Channel fabric connectivity using the upcoming NVM Express Over Fabrics standards specification
- Finalization of the FC-BB-6 standard, representing the ongoing evolution of the Fibre Channel technology to leverage ubiquitous datacenter resources such as Ethernet
- A “Trusted Foundation” initiative with an online Knowledge Vault to raise awareness to current and potential users of storage networking about why Fibre Channel has become so predominant, amid a sea of other storage networking protocols
The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is a non-profit international organization whose sole purpose is to act as the independent technology and marketing voice of the Fibre Channel industry. We are committed to helping member organizations promote and position Fibre Channel, and to providing a focal point for Fibre Channel information, standards advocacy, and education.
FCIA members include manufacturers, system integrators, developers, vendors, industry professionals, and end users. Our member-led working groups and committees focus on creating and championing the Fibre Channel technology roadmaps, targeting applications that include data storage, video, networking, and storage area network (SAN) management. For more info, click here.
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