Inside the industry: Fibre Channel Industry Association 2019 Solution Guide

Inside the industry: Fibre Channel Industry Association 2019 Solution Guide

Nov 05, 2019

Inside the industry: Fibre Channel Industry Association 2019 Solution Guide

Have you read the Fibre Channel Industry Association’s Fibre Channel Solution Guide - 2019? If you haven’t yet, it’s a must-read for anyone who wants a firm grasp of current connectivity challenges and options and where these will lead to in the future.

As pointed out by Storage Switzerland in one of the Guide’s articles, the only technology pronounced “dead” more frequently than Fibre Channel is tape, yet both industries are seeing growth.  Based on several reports, Fibre Channel sales grew 10-11 percent last year.

There has to be a reason for this growth, and you will find those reasons discussed throughout five articles in the 2019 Solution Guide. The articles provide an in-depth look at the state of Fibre Channel and how this technology compares to other storage connectivity technologies. You’ll also find explanations on why Fibre Channel typically ends up being the solution of choice.

The aforementioned Storage Switzerland is an analyst firm that has studied the industry and they provide the opening article outlining the state of Fibre Channel in broad terms.  The remaining articles are from industry stalwarts ATTO Technology, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and Marvell Semiconductor, who all dig deeper into specific areas driving growth in the market.

Those driving forces turn out to be the latest technologies and trends in business and media.  NVMe, high-velocity data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual architectures and ultra-high-definition media all require a fast and reliable network connection that only Fibre Channel can provide at a high level with consistency.

Our own Joseph Kimpler, Strategic Alliances, ATTO Technology, contributed the article Fibre Channel’s Future is Bright in Media and Entertainment.  As the title suggests, Kimpler focuses on the media industry.  His premise is that the progress of new media formats like HDR and virtual reality, and higher resolution video is enabled by Fibre Channel.

“With 48% less overhead per frame compared with Ethernet, and the ability to handle a 40% bigger workload without requiring re-transmission or error checking, Fibre Channel is built specifically for low-latency flash storage. It’s built on foundational technology with the guarantee data will transmit in order, on time and without corruption,” Kimpler writes.

The guide is available on

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