Four Gig: Hurry Up and Wait

December 2004
Storage Magazine;Dec2004, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p7
This article deals with companies in the Fibre Channel (FC) industry in the U.S. that have announced 4-gigabit per second FC products. Among the companies that have announced the release of such products are Brocade Communications System, with its 32-port SilkWorm 4100, and McData with promises of 4-gigabit per second and 10-gigabit per second support for its Intrepid line of directors. For host bus adapters, Emulex has its LP1100 line of products, and Atto Technology with its Celerity FC-42XS, and LSI Logic with its LSIFC7204XP-LC. Other vendors in the 4-gigabit per second club include Hitachi Global Storage Technologies with disk drive prototypes, Broadcom and QLogic. But there is a difference between a company announcing a product and users being able to buy it. LSI Logic's 4-gigabit per second products are sampling to original equipment manufacturers, according to Charlie Kraus, director of HBA marketing at the firm's Storage Standard Products Division, and should be in production in the first quarter of 2005. In other words, 4-gigabit per second equipment may be launched by the middle of 2005.


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