2015 milestones include the continued development of Gen 6 Fibre Channel, the world’s fastest storage networking, with commercial products expected in 2016

LAS VEGAS, STORAGE VISIONS, January 5, 2016 — Coinciding with the sixteenth annual Storage Visions Conference at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) today announced the release of the updated Fibre Channel Roadmap in addition to its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. The FCIA is a non-profit international organization of Fibre Channel industry manufacturers, systems integrators and vendors committed to providing thought leadership, education and guidance to the growing storage networking market.

“Fibre Channel is the purpose-built, data center proven network infrastructure for storage that keeps running no matter what, and remained the top choice for 90 percent of Fortune 1000 data centers in 2015,” said Mark Jones, chairman and president, FCIA. “Enterprises and service providers can look forward to even more advancements in 2016 as next-generation solutions are developed based on the Gen 6 standard in order to leverage its advanced feature set.”

The Fibre Channel Roadmap illustrates the physical layer of Fibre Channel.  The roadmap shows the historic speeds and feeds of Fibre Channel and the future speeds up to Terabit Fibre Channel (TFC).  The map also shows how Fibre Channel is used in data centers to create storage area networks. To request a printed roadmap or to download a PDF format version visit https://fibrechannel.org/roadmap/.

The members of the 2015/2016 FCIA Board of Directors are:


FCIA Officers:

  • Chairman and President: Mark Jones, Avago Technologies
  • Treasurer: Greg McSorley, Amphenol
  • Secretary: Jay Neer, Molex

Members at Large:

  • Marketing Chair: Rupin Mohan, Hewlett Packard
  • Craig Carlson, QLogic Corporation
  • Kevin Ehringer, DCS
  • J Metz, Cisco
  • Steven Wilson, Brocade

In 2015, FCIA announced several new initiatives designed to extend Fibre Channel’s position as the industry’s most reliable and robust storage networking solution including:

  • Continued development of Gen 6 Fibre Channel, the industry’s fastest industry standard networking protocol that enables storage area networks of up to 128GFC. First vendor commercial products are expected in 2016.
  • A Memo of Understanding (MOU) signed by ITI/INCITS on behalf of the T11 Technical Committee and NVM Express Inc. that will align the massive existing and expanding installed base of Fibre Channel solutions with the upcoming NVM Express Over Fabrics standards specification.
  • The launch of fibrechannel.com, an informative online portal for the storage networking community published by IT Brand Pulse, a well-respected industry analyst firm covering the IT industry.

For those attending Storage Visions, don’t miss the opportunity to attend an interactive panel session on Tuesday, January 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. titled “Keeping it Now: Emerging Storage Technologies,” where Scott Kipp, principal technologist, Brocade and chair of the Fibre Channel Industry Association’s Roadmap Subcommittee will be speaking.

About FCIA
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, go to https://fibrechannel.org.

Media Contact:                                                                                                             Organization Contact:
Linda Capcara                                                                                                                   Susan Crolla
TechTHiNQ                                                                                                                       FCIA Executive Director
linda.capcara@techthinq.com                                                                                       scrolla@intrinxec.com
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