The Fibre Channel Freight Train Keeps Rolling

Emulex Survey Shows Rapid Gen 5 Adoption

When it comes to storage networking, iSCSI, NAS and even InfiniBand have all raised their hands as potential challengers to Fibre Channel (FC). It would seem, however, that the veteran of storage protocols is keeping them all at bay. At Storage Networking World Europe, Emulex will discuss the results of a recent survey that shows FC will continue to be an important element of modern storage infrastructures and that adoption of Gen 5 (16Gbs) FC is increasing rapidly.

A survey was recently sent to a sub-segment of IT professionals that downloaded drivers from Emulex’s website. The survey revealed that nearly 40% of respondents have begun to implement Gen 5 FC, with 25% implementing Gen 5 switches and 20% implementing Gen 5 host bus adaptors (HBAs). The survey also shows that Gen 5 is supporting mission critical workloads that demand the reliability and performance that Gen 5 can deliver. The leading use case was databases, followed by high-density virtual servers and email servers.

Another key driver to Gen 5 adoption is a memory based storage device like All-Flash and Hybrid Arrays. IT Planners are working hard to make sure that they get the maximum return on their flash investment and Gen 5 ensures that the fabric architecture will not be the bottleneck.

As we discussed in our recent article, “The Million IOPS Data Center”, the survey also shows that there is an ever-increasing demand for more IOPS. 40% of those surveyed indicated they needed more than 25,000 IOPS and another 30% indicated they needed more than 100,000 IOPS.

At SNW Europe, Emulex will be in booth #12 with experts on hand to discuss Gen 5 FC and why it makes sense for your data center. Emulex will also be announcing a dramatic new capability for their adapters but we are sworn to secrecy until they go public with the technology. We will have full details on Storage Switzerland the day of the announcement, so stay tuned.

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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