Friday, August 8, 2008

Fibre Channel going strong in storage applications

Posted by John McHale

Fibre Channel databus products are having a resurgence, says Jack Staub, chief executive officer of Critical I/O in Irvine, Calif.

Staub told me this during a conversation we had on high-speed I/O trends for the Technology Focus feature in the upcoming September edition of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Staub says the resurgence "so to speak" is in storage applications for aircraft and ground bases, where large amounts of data are being acquired. "It's resurgent because in the past Fibre Channel was typically used more in network type applications," he adds.

"Fibre Channel has been broadly adopted throughout the F-18 platform," he says. It is used to connect into the data network for the AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar, he adds.

On the F-22 platform Lockheed Martin officials have made Fibre Channel a standard product, he continues.

Staub says his company is seeing about 30 percent growth each year in their Fibre Channel business.

Critical IO still plays in the networking arena through its family of Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet products. For more on that technology be sure to check out our September issue.

In the meantime, have a good weekend!

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