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Brocade supports next gen Fibre standard

First Brocade 16 Gbps fibre channel products due next year

Brocade supports next gen Fibre standard
The 16 Gbps Fibre Channel standard will future proof the data centre, says Ahmar.

Brocade has announced its support for the next generation of Fibre Channel (FC) industry standard, FC-PI-5, which will offer 16 gigabits per second (Gbps) performance.

The new 16Gbps FC technology will greatly increase bandwidth and IO performance, and will help support evolving technology requirements in areas such as data centre scaling and solid state storage.

According to a survey by TheInfoPro’s, fibre channel is the most popular attachment choice for the virtualized data centre, with most end users indicating that over 75% of new virtual machines will be attached to FC storage. Brocade has 67.5% of the FC switch and director market share, so the company believes support for 16 Gbps FC will drive industry wide adoption. The company plans to offer the first end-to-end 16 Gbps FC product portfolio in the first half of 2011.

“Brocade’s heritage is data centre networking, and we continue to be a leader in traditional and transformational networking solutions,” said Ali Ahmar, regional sales manager, MENA, Brocade. “Brocade serves as the Chair of the INCITS TC T11 committee and is committed to providing standards-based technologies. With the introduction of the new 16 Gbps Fibre Channel standard, we are effectively future-proofing the data centre to enable hyper-scale virtualization for emerging workloads and private storage clouds, while protecting billions of dollars in existing infrastructure investments.”

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