10.2. SAN Technology Developments

The SAN will not go the way of the 5.25” diskette. It is a robust, modular, scalable architecture. The SAN will respond to the two great, inevitable drivers of high technology: “more” and “faster.” A wonderful new driver is “easier.”

10.2.1. Speed

Faster, faster, faster. As mentioned earlier in this book, 2 Gbps Fibre Channel will earn end-user acceptance this year. In plain terms, as soon as manufacturers offer it, customers will buy it. This is startling, considering that 1 Gbps Fibre Channel is just growing in acceptance. Recall that 4 Gbps Fibre Channel is part of the ANSI standard, so can it be far behind? However, even at 2 Gbps some applications (such as moving uncompressed high-definition television ...

Get Storage Area Networks: Designing and Implementing a Mass Storage System now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.