8G Fibre Channel Heading to Mid-Level Enterprises

Arthur Cole

8 Gbps Fibre Channel is rapidly making its way down-market, bringing a higher bandwidth storage connectivity to mid-level enterprises.


LSI Corp. recently introduced a new class of its Engenio 7900 storage system outfitted with 8G FC interfaces and capable of scaling up to 448 drives. The intent is to help mid-sized organizations prepare their infrastructure for the future in the face of growing data requirements.


The system offers the ability to auto-negotiate between Fibre Channel links, providing for seamless integration into existing 2 and 4 GB FC environments. It also requires fewer host bus adapters per server and fewer ports overall, providing for a simplified storage network infrastructure.


System management is available through LSI's SANtricity software featuring an updated GUI that provides intuitive configuration control for organizations that may not have a dedicated storage management staff.


The package also includes SafeStore encryption services that provide local key management and self-encryption to ensure data protection throughout a drive's lifecycle. It also provides the "instant secure erase" feature that can destroy all data on a drive in less than a second should the need arise.


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