Monday, November 05, 2007

Fibre Channel spinning down

I was briefed today by a storage array vendor switching from Fibre Channel to Serial Attached SCSI drives because, as they see it, that's the direction of the future in high performance, high reliability hard disks. More details next Monday when the embargo handcuffs come off, but it's worth noting the array vendor will keep using FC as an external link. When I checked in with a Seagate spokesman he said they see the same trend.

"FC will be around for years into the future because of the investment that companies have made, but it represents a fairly small portion of the overall interface choices...Although there will be a few companies that remain staunch fans and the FCIA pushes for higher speeds, SAS will grow to be the primary mission critical interface," he said.

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