Monday, September 27, 2010

Brocade Backs New 16 Gbps Fibre Channel Standard

Brocade announced its endorsement of FC-PI-5 -- the next generation Fibre Channel (FC) industry standard, which will offer 16 Gbps performance. Over the years, the FC technology cycle has progressed from 1, 2, 4, 8 and now 16 Gbps rates.

Brocade said it expects to offer the industry's first end-to-end 16 Gbps FC product portfolio in the first half of 2011.

Brocade noted that it currently represents 67.5 percent of the FC switch and director market share. As a result, the company's endorsement of the standard is a key element of widespread adoption. 16 Gbps FC is a key technology to support increasing data center scale and solid state storage, and it will be critical to scaling new virtualized workloads based on its proven performance, reliability and simplicity.

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