According to the company, the new initiative is 'committed to developing open, interoperable 2 Gigabit fibre channel solutions for Sans'. The group includes, amongst others, Tivoli, Hitachi Data Systems, Sun, Veritas, Network Appliance, Quantum, StorageTek and DataCore. The new 2 Gigabits-per-second generation of fibre channel technologies are claimed to double the performance of existing 1 Gigabit devices, and are expected to provide a boost to the growth in implementation of Sans. But Joseph Kimpler, director of business alliances at QLogic, says the market still needs to take a further step. 'Several players have announced 2 Gigabit products, but there hasn't been a critical mass of announcements which will see the servers and raid devices coming out. Until now there hasn't been an industry position, but this group will provide it.'
Despite the new group noticeably missing some QLogic competitors, Kimpler maintains that all the leading industry players were invited to join. 'We aggressively recruited all the major 2 Gigabit players in the industry, but some chose not to participate for their own reasons.'
Gigabit solutions are expected by the end of the year.