RAID arrays featuring 8 Gigabit Fibre Channel connectivity are starting to hit the market, although it is still very much up in the air whether there will be any real demand for that kind of throughput on native hardware.
At CeBit this week, Infortrend launched the newest additions to the EonStor RAID subsystem, the S16F-R1840 and S16F-G1840 arrays featuring 8 Gb Fiber Channel HBA support from ATTO and Qlogic. The line is aimed at the enterprise-class SAN market and are the first from Infortrend to sport an ASIC667 design.
The G1840 is a 16-drive unit that can scale up to 112 drives using expansion closures. It provides two 8G host ports per controller and can provide read/write speeds of 2,800/870 MBps. The company also designed in hot-swappable controllers, power supplies, cooling fans and battery backup units to maintain the system's fault-tolerance capabilities.
The question, though, is whether native Fibre Channel hardware will be in much demand going forward, particularly after Fibre Channel over Ethernet systems hit the channel. It remains to be seen whether enterprises will be willing to stick with native FC hardware or port it over the 10 GbE or even 20 or 40 Gb Infiniband.
Time will tell.