Fibre Channel storage will handle video

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Fibre Channel storage will handle video

Eurologic Systems is addressing the predicted growth in streaming video use with a 2gbps Fibre Channel network storage system, writes Eric Doyle.

The Sanbloc subsystem is based on the same technology that supports the 1gbps model released last November. Mike McNamara, product marketing manager for Eurologic, said the backplane of the early subsystem is already capable of 2gbps performance and that the addition of two modules will upgrade it to match the new model.

Although the units can be supplied ready-fitted with 14 disc drives, each holding 73Gbytes, the system is designated as JBod (just a bunch of ordinary discs - an acronym signifying that size and makes of drive can be mixed).

McNamara said, "We plan to release a Raid version of Sanbloc later this year but existing customers will be able to upgrade with add-on units. Typical customers would be involved in video streaming or medical imaging - any application that uses extremely large files."

He said the storage industry has been hit by the global market downturn, although not as badly as other areas. "The need for storage will pick up with the release of Windows XP and its multimedia capabilities. As people start to combine video as part of their IT services, users will gain an appetite for information in this format and the need for storage will increase."

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