Jim Rothnie, chief technical officer at EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), expects to see the number of 2-Gbit/s Fibre Channel ports ramp up over the next 18 months, driven by this new demand. (Most Fibre Channel switches currently operate at 1 Gbit/s.) According to Rothnie, Fibre Channel accounts for about 80 percent of the connectivity ports his company ships on non-mainframe storage, with SCSI interfaces taking the 20 percent back seat.
QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC), and others playing in the relatively new 2-Gbit/s FC space.
"We've been shipping systems with the 180-gigabyte drives for four or five months now," Rothnie said. "The strongest trend we see at EMC is in storage consolidation. And there is certainly an economy of scale using the higher-capacity drives."