Feeds

Storage vendors warm 8-Gbit/s marketing engine

Speed vs. cost in 2007

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Storage vendors plan a bull run with 8-Gbit/s Fibre Channel gear in 2007, hoping to satisfy some customers' demands for higher bandwidth.

QLogic and Emulex appear to have set two of the more aggressive 8-Gbit/s switch strategies with both vendors committing to at least end of 2007 shipments. Such a timetable would put the speedy gear in the hands of OEMs such as IBM, HP, Dell and Sun Microsystems in 2008. Company executives told Byte and Switch that tasks such as video serving and virtualization have triggered more interest in the 8-Gbit/s hardware.

"Video is on the top of the list - those guys can never get enough performance, there's no such thing as too much bandwidth," Frank Berry, QLogic's VP of marketing, said in an interview with the storage rag. "Virtualization creates more I/O, so users want to make sure that the pipe to the network is big enough for multiple virtual machines."

Cisco, like some customers, seems more reticent about the whole 8-Gbit/s push. The company can slot 8-gig line cards into its MDS 9500 Series switches, although it won't reveal when such line cards will ship. The vendor has pegged 2008 as its most likely target to begin a 8-Gbit/s ramp.

One of the major factors slowing a shift from 4Gbit/s hardware could be cost.

"A recent Byte and Switch Insider report, for example, questioned whether current standard copper-based twisted-pair cabling can handle the higher transmission rate over more than 25 meters," the magazine said. "The move to 8 Gbit/s may therefore require more expensive cabling, which would eliminate one of the biggest drivers of the current transition from 2 Gbit/s to 4 Gbit/s."

You can find that study here. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push
'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.