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.