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High-Speed Drivers

3:20 PM -- It's easy, and tempting, to get caught up in the speeds-n-feeds aspect of storage networking.

Faster's always better, right? Bigger pipes and backplanes mean happier customers, don't they?


Check out the discussion thread prompted by Dave Raffo's story about Cisco's 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel challenges. (See Cisco 4-Gbit Director MIA.)

As one of the early posters notes, 1 Gbit/s is fine for most hosts and many could get by on 100-Mbit/s Ethernet. Price cutting, notes another, means you can get 4 Gbit/s for the same price as 2 Gbit/s.

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