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It seems every year someone publishes a list of the top issues in IT, and every year backup issues are right up there at the top of the list. After 20 years of working on backup products, I find it a little disconcerting that backup remains a major problem.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “Solid-state disks aren’t new; they’ve been around for a while.” But so have Fibre Channel and SANs, and just like those technologies solid-state disks have been changing. And while in the past they were only used by a few high-end systems that required their unique properties, maybe now they’re something that everyone can use.
It’s been a while since my last post, and with summer officially over (I know most people think summer ends on Labor Day in the US, but the weathermen insist the official end is late September), it seems like a good time to look at a recent announcement. Among the flurry of press releases at the recent VMworld 2008 in Las Vegas, there was one in particular I’d like to discuss.
This week FalconStor announced its support for 8Gb Fibre Channel adapters and switches from QLogic. Along with FalconStor and QLogic, other companies such as Brocade and Emulex are also shipping 8Gb Fibre Channel adapters and switches, while array vendors like HP and IBM are planning their releases for next year.
When we started FalconStor so many years ago, it was with the goal of delivering a SAN over an IP network, allowing users to have a single connection for both LAN and SAN. What we quickly learned was that people who have SANs have Fibre Channel, so we turned right around and made our flagship product IPStor also work with Fibre Channel.
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