Wide Area Storage Through Fibre Channel

Arthur Cole

Is it time to start talking about wide area storage?


ADVA Optical Networking and Germany's COLT data management firm say they have successfully deployed the first 8 Gbps Fibre Channel wide area storage network. The setup involves ADVA's FSP 3000 8G FC card to link up two data centers with a point-to-point architecture of more than 135 km.


A key enabling technology in the network is the FSP 3000's Raman amplification system that eliminates the need for mid-span repeater technology, allowing customers to set up point equipment without the expense of mid-line deployments and maintenance.


The system was originally devised in a test lab in Meiningen, Germany, where the companies simulated stressful network conditions and ensured that the FSP 3000 was backward compatible with 1, 2, 4, and 10 G Fibre Channel interfaces, even over long distances. The companies also wanted to make sure the system interfaced with leading third-party switches from Brocade and others so it could be deployed without a lot of complicated customization.


The FC network is currently available to COLT customers in the Munich/Martinsried area of Germany. No word yet on whether other deployments are imminent.

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