2G-bps Fibre Channel technology still faces formidable obstacles.Despite their blazing speed and backward compatibility, 2G-bps Fibre Channel products are making very little headway in IT departments. There are several reasons for this. For starters, other technologies are now competing for IT mindshare. During the past year, while 2G-bps Fibre Channel was slowly maturing and gaining vendor support, Cisco Systems Inc. and others introduced products based on other standards, such as iSCSI, that attempt to replace Fibre Channel as the dominant SAN (storage area network) protocol. In addition, with IP networking vendors promising 10G-bps Ethernet in the near future, some IT managers are putting off their upgrades, even though 2G-bps Fibre Channel products are available now.
However, eWeek Labs believes 2G-bps technologies shouldnt be counted out. In tests for this Special Report, 2G-bps Fibre Channel products proved they can be critical storage building blocks for the next few years and will likely be important even if iSCSI or another technology becomes the dominant long-range SAN medium.