EMC Announces 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel Migration Solutions

EMC Corporation today introduced 2-Gigabit per second (2Gb) Fibre Channel solutions featuring EMC CLARiiON and EMC Symmetrix systems, EMC-qualified interoperable storage hardware and software elements, and EMC migration services.

“Simply announcing new 2Gb technology doesn’t automatically enable customers to derive value from that technology, which is why EMC goes the extra step to provide complete solutions, ” said Chuck Hollis, EMC VP of Markets and Products. “Customers are looking for vendors to incorporate the latest connectivity innovations into their environment, but at the same time maintain stability, business continuity, and investment protection. EMC fully understands these customer needs.”

In addition to the new CLARiiON FC4700 2-Gb platform and the Symmetrix Four-Port 2-Gb FC Director, both announced today, EMC has also qualified configurations of 2Gb-compatible servers, operating systems, and Host-Bus Adaptors (HBAs) via its E-Lab Tested Interoperability Program. EMC said it is in the process of testing and qualifying partner-based 2Gb switching technology, which EMC plans to make available subsequent to availability from EMC partners.

James Opfer, a principal analyst with Gartner/Dataquest said, “The widespread adoption of 2Gb Fibre Channel will in large part be dependent on the ability of major industry players to deliver reliable and interoperable solutions in a timely manner. As the marketplace leaders announce support for 2Gb connectivity, customers will increasingly feel more comfortable in transitioning to this next-generation storage networking technology.”

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