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Fibre Channel storage to outstrip Ethernet alternatives

Antony Savvas

Fibre Channel storage networking will soon take off at firms and outstrip technologies built around Ethernet, said analyst Dell’Oro Group.

In a Dell’Oro Group report, Fibre Channel switch revenues are expected to exceed $2bn (£1.05bn) by 2008, and to continually increase through to 2011.

“More and more enterprises are installing fibre cabling to future-proof their network,” said Tam Dell’Oro, president of Dell’Oro Group. “Once fibre cabling has been installed, Fibre Channel becomes a no brainer choice for storage networking over alternatives such as iSCSI and Ethernet,” said Dell’Oro

For example, said Dell’Oro, on a high-end switch, 1Gbps Ethernet over fibre is selling for about $600 (£315) a port – the same price as a 4Gbps Fibre Channel port that provides four times the bandwidth.

The Dell’Oro Group report also indicates that the shipments of Host Bus Adapter (HBA) ports will grow significantly over the next five years, as blade server manufacturers shift the manufacturing of mezzanine HBA cards to HBA vendors, such as Emulex and QLogic.

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