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32 Gbps Fibre Channel Is Around The Corner

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

A 32 Gigabit per second (Gbps) fibre specification will be speeding its way to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for publication in the first quarter of 2014, and might be ready for the public via vendor offerings as early as 2015.

The International Committee for Information Technology Systems (INCITS - pronounced "incites") T11 standards committee has completed the documented specs for a sixth generation (FC-PI-6) standard for specifying 32 Gigabit per second (Gbps) fibre channel. The news was announced by the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA), a nonprofit organization that has companies like Cisco, Brocade, Corning Cable Systems, and others on their membership list.

With the proliferation of BYOD, higher storage capacity, cloud based technology, and other new technologies built around the creation, storage, and distribution of data, tech companies are constantly developing higher performance systems to feed the demand. Users are insisting on faster access to data and there is more data to provide, and to a much bigger audience, than ever before. The advances in storage, CPUs, and workstations, along with private and public clouds and other distributed systems have also produced a demand for higher-speed networking applications.

Fibre, interwoven among storage area networks (SAN), switches, hubs, adapters, and other storage and communication devices is a "continued innovation for data centers requiring a fast, scalable and reliable storage network", stated FCIA's press release.

The FCIA's 2013 milestone, once adopted and integrated into vendor hardware, will double the current 16Gbps fibre channel standard. It will provide even more speed for applications that require high performance video, storage area network management, and networking capabilities.

According to the FCIA, the PI-6 specifications for the proposed fibre channel standard include:

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"The FCIA is helping extend the Fibre Channel protocol through close cooperation with the T11 standards committee's innovation in multiple areas. Many requirements that are addressed are based on real end user experience and input, leading to the development of new features and enhancements. By listening to customer's needs, the 32 Gbps Fibre Channel standard has been developed, representing the fastest single-lane serial transmission speed of any copper or optical storage interconnect in history." said Skip Jones, FCIA chairman.

 For more information on the specifications visit fibrechannel.org.

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