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while native Fibre Channel LTO 3 drives have 2-Gb/sec.
Protocol: SCSI- the application doesn't see any difference, which is key, as almost all applications want to talk to external storage using SCSI commands, so the fact that Fibre Channel and iSCSI allow you to transport SCSI commands makes SANs usable to existing applications.
At the same time that these vendors eagerly claim iSCSI leadership and iSCSI strategies, they are careful to position their iSCSI devices at the low-end of the market to protect their high-end Fibre Channel business.
Fibre Attached Technology Adapted drives will offer capacity up to 250 gigabytes with a dual-port, 2GB/second, Fibre Channel interface.
Fibre Channel also requires hardware and software to support the proper formatting of data packets and other functions such as controlling the flow of the packets, correcting any errors in transmission, and (in the case of TCP/IP) reassembling packets in the proper order when they arrive at the server.
Steve Klotz is founder, Technical Resources director, Finisar Medusa Labs Member, Fibre Channel Industry Association (San Francisco, CA)
ATTO Technology will continue to accelerate its role as an industry leader in storage infrastructure solutions with the extension of the Celerity architecture with 4Gb and 10Gb Fibre Channel products in the near future.
The existing giga-bit Ethernet infrastructure is normally sufficient for connecting workgroup IP SANs to the core Fibre Channel SAN.
A common claim from IP storage vendors is that IP is a much better wide-area network, since Fibre Channel has severe distance limitations.
JNI's customers are asking for performance improvements from their 2Gb Fibre Channel SANs, a seamless migration path to 4Gb and the ability to deploy 10Gb fabrics for their highest performance applications," said Phil Brotherton, vice president of Marketing, JNI.
With 1 Gbps Fibre Channel products currently available, peak full-duplex throughput of 200MB/sec is achievable.
JNI(R) Corporation (NASDAQ:JNIC) today introduced the JNIC-2010, the industry's first Fibre Channel controller with an integrated SPI interface and a high-performance FC-4 protocol stack powered by JNI's X8(TM) architecture.