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Library manufacturers will be coming out with new products in the next year that will no longer require a SCSI connection to control the robot, but each tape drive will still require a dedicated Fibre Channel link to the SAN.
The Fibre Channel (FC) demo at the Spring 2005 IDF showed that key vendors are ready to provide higher FC performance now," said Werner Glinka, Chairman of the FCIA.
The arrival of 2 Gb/s Fibre Channel provided more ways to connect and introduced many more networking tools into the SAN toolbox, such as trunking and using backbone architectures to allow each speed to be used for best effect.
The UNH-IOL also runs the Fibre Channel Consortium, a separate association of companies building new products and interested in testing them on an ongoing basis.
So, two distinct iSCSI product categories have emerged: cheap SAN systems for the masses and robust alternatives to Fibre Channel SANs for the enterprise.
In addition, the Fibre Channel interface allows these new drives to be plugged directly into existing HP StorageWorks EVA Fibre Channel drive enclosures.
OEMs can, however, capture market share by shipping the right Fibre Channel support in the right form factor to the right customers for the targeted market.
Reliability differences between Fibre Channel and iSCSI may drive users away from iSCSI.
ATTO's participation in leading industry interoperability testing and comprehensive product validation process ensure that Celerity FC products operate flawlessly in a wide variety of Fibre Channel fabric environments.
Implementing a blended storage network, incorporating both IP and Fibre Channel SAN technologies, can change all that by bringing the benefits of the SAN to disconnected servers without the expense of FC connectivity.
Fibre Channel already preserves the SCSI command set intact, which allows it to interface with SCSI-enabled storage devices.