Solid state storage vendors continue to choose Fibre Channel as the networking protocol of choice by solid state storage system vendors because of its reliability, stability and ability to optimize application performance and availability. Today, a majority of solid state storage system vendors are now shipping systems with Fibre Channel connectivity including Dell, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, NetApp, Nimbus Data, Pure Storage, Tegile Systems and Violin Memory.
Some vendors are shipping solid state storage systems with Gen 5 connectivity and Brocade expects this trend to continue. In addition, leading host bus adapter (HBA) companies, including Emulex and QLogic, are also now shipping Gen 5 Fibre Channel-enabled products with increased functionality and performance specifically designed for solid state storage.
To support this growing trend of solid state storage system vendors using Fibre Channel, Brocade has launched a new qualification program, Brocade Solid State Ready, to help ensure seamless interoperability and optimum performance with solid state storage in Brocade SAN fabrics.
The Brocade Solid State Ready program provides solid state storage system testing for proper operation across multiple fabrics, heterogeneous servers and host bus adapters in Brocade fabrics. The program is designed for all solid state storage system providers.
"As our customer base increasingly moves to deploy solid state storage in their SAN environments, they are demanding Fibre Channel as a requirement to meet increased application performance levels," said
Providing continued innovation for the Fibre Channel protocol and a near-term roadmap for high-performance SSD solutions, Gen 6 Fibre Channel was separately announced today by the FCIA. Representing the industry's fastest storage networking protocol, Gen 6 Fibre Channel enables high-performance SANs of up to 128 Gbps and includes a variety of features that further improve network reliability, energy efficiency and operational simplicity. Further demonstrating its leadership in Fibre Channel networking, Brocade has begun work on new Gen 6 Fibre Channel SAN designs, and is now partnering with HBA companies on Gen 6 designs that are expected to be general available in 2016.
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