The slowing-moving Fibre Channel storage networking world is set to advance forward in the next year or so.
This is because just ahead of the Gartner Data Centre Conference (9 to 12 December in Las Vegas), the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) on 3 December revealed that the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) T11 standards committee has completed the Fibre Channel Physical Interface sixth-generation industry standard for specifying 32Gbps Fibre Channel.
Most Fibre Channel systems now in production transmit data between servers and storage arrays at data rates of 1, 4 or 10 Gbps.
Fibre Channel devices, which use point-to-point, switched and loop interfaces, can be as far as 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) apart if optical fibre is used as the physical medium. Optical fibre is not required for shorter distances, however, because Fibre Channel also works using coaxial cable and ordinary telephone twisted pair.
The 2013 milestone on FCIA’s Speed Roadmap for 32G bps Fibre Channel opens the door for continued innovation for data centres requiring a fast, scalable and reliable storage network, since developers and data centre administrators will have multiple times the storage networking speed as before.
The Fibre Channel PI-6 standard specification includes the following:
“Many requirements that are addressed are based on real end-user experience and input, leading to the development of new features and enhancements,” said FCIA Chairman Skip Jones. “By listening to customer’s needs, the 32 Gbps Fibre Channel has been developed, representing the fastest single-lane serial transmission speed of any copper or optical storage interconnect in history.”
FCIA members include manufacturers, system integrators, developers, vendors, industry professionals and end users.
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Originally published on eWeek.
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