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Whither Fibre Channel?

Promise: The FC and iSCSI industries both say their technology represents the future of storage--FC because it's fast and efficient, and iSCSI because it's cheap and easy.

Players: On the FC side, McData, QLogic, and other members of the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). On the iSCSI side, EqualLogic, Network Appliance, and members of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). Some vendors, such as Brocade, Cisco, and IBM, participate in both groups and offer both types of storage.

Prospects: FC has several good years ahead of it--probably five. During that time, iSCSI and InfiniBand will start to creep into the data center. Gateways are being built that will link FC to iSCSI technologies, and the platform of the future will most likely be a hybrid of the two.

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