- Forward Error Correction (FEC): Improves the reliability of links through the automatic detection and recovery from bit errors that occur in high speed networks. FEC helps minimize or avoid data stream errors that can lead to application performance degradation or outages.
- Energy Efficiency: Lower energy consumption is achieved by allowing the Fibre Channel optical connectors to operate in a stand-by mode (or “nap”) multiple times each second.
- Backward Compatibility: 128GFC and 32GFC Fibre Channel supports complete and total backward compatibility to 16GFC, 8GFC, and 4GFC networks. Ensuring complete investment protection, Gen6 automatically configures to the fastest supported speed between any two network points, and requiring zero user intervention.
Feb 11, 2014
FIBRE CHANNEL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY’S FASTEST STORAGE NETWORKING
For Immediate Release Fibre Channel Industry Association Announces Development of Industry’s Fastest Storage Networking Gen6 Fibre Channel Provides Speeds of up to 128GFC, New Features to Address Hyper-Scale Virtualization; SSD storage and New Data Center Architectures SAN FRANCISCO.,—Feb. 11, 2014: The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) today announced Gen6 Fibre Channel, representing the industry’s fastest industry standard networking protocol that enables storage area networks (SANs) of up to 128GFC and includes a variety of features that further improve network reliability, energy efficiency, and operational simplicity. Gen6 Fibre Channel is the next generation of Fibre Channel designed to address performance, reliability, and scalability requirements for hyper-scale virtualization, SSD storage technology, and new data center architectures. Solutions are expected to broadly available in 2016. “Businesses continue to invest in Fibre Channel to power their most mission- and business-critical environment, said Ashish Nadkarni, research director, Storage Systems and Software, IDC. “The continued evolution of the Fibre Channel standard is important for supporting the huge global installed base, which continues to grow at a steady pace. With the development of Gen6 Fibre Channel, enterprises should feel confident that their Fibre Channel investments are secure and that continued innovation from the vendor community will further optimize performance, security, reliability and operational simplicity to better optimize both flash and traditional storage infrastructures.” Gen6 doubles the 16GFC data throughput of 3,200 megabytes-per-second (MBps) to 32GFC, which enables 6,400 MBps full-duplex speeds. Gen6 also provides an option to quadruple 32GFC to 128GFC throughput, thereby achieving full-duplex speeds of 25,600 MBps, based upon the seamless inter- and backward-compatibility of Fibre Channel technology. “Continued innovation for the Fibre Channel standard is designed to extend its position as industry’s most reliable and robust storage networking solution, which is used for today’s most mission-critical enterprise applications,” said Skip Jones, FCIA Chairman. “Enterprises and Service Providers can look forward to new innovations from the community of computer, network and storage vendors that will develop next-generation solutions in 2016 based on the Gen6 standard in order to leverage its advanced feature set.” At 32GFC, Gen6 Fibre Channel doubles the data throughput of the current 16GFC Fibre Channel standard. In addition to faster speeds, key features of Gen6 Fibre Channel include: