Fibre Channel analyzer handles 16G technology - Embedded.com

Fibre Channel analyzer handles 16G technology

JDSU says its Xgig 16G Fibre Channel analyzer is the first FC testing solution to enable storage equipment manufacturers to complete the development of storage equipment compatible with advanced 16G technology.  

16G FC continues to evolve as a high-speed, high-capacity technology critical for storage area networks (SANs) to handle more data at greater speeds using fewer links.  

The Xgig 16G  provides analysis of 16G Fibre Channel links to identify and fix errors, ensure quality data transmission, and improve overall equipment and network performance.
 
The analyzer provides network equipment manufacturers with a solution to validate crucial development, integration and interoperability functions that are in compliance with the 16G Fibre Channel specification.

For end users, the advantages of 16G storage equipment include increased bandwidth for the network, lower power consumption (at least 25 percent compared to 8G FC), as well as lower cost of associated equipment by reducing the number of cables, ports and devices required.
 
The Xgig 16G is a blade option that fits into the JDSU Xgig 5000 chassis.  The Xgig platform is the established standard for network testing tools and the Xgig 5000 advances the extensive capture and analysis capabilities of Xgig to higher speed protocols such as 16G FC.

The platform provides:

  • Complete system visibility by capturing 16G FC traffic at full line rate;
  • Reduction in tool investment and simplification of test bench setup with its high-port count capacity;
  • Achieves full analysis coverage by identifying network issues at all layers;
  • Simplifies verification of converged network equipment through end-to-end traffic analysis across multiple protocols (including FC, DCB, FCoE, Ethernet, and others).

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