Adaptec heeft vandaag de Fibre Card 9110G aangekondigd, Adaptec's eerste Fibre Channel adapter. De controller heeft een snelheid van 1Gbit/s (100MB/s half duplex, 200MB/s full duplex) en beschikt over een 66MHz, 64-bit PCI interface. De kaart is vanaf 25 september in de VS en Europa verkrijgbaar voor prijzen vanaf 1200 dollar:
Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), the global leader in innovative storage solutions, achieved another significant milestone in its Fibre Channel strategy, with the distribution channel introduction of its first Fibre Channel host bus adapter.
The Adaptec Fibre Card 9110G is a 1 Gbit host bus adapter targeted at small and medium companies looking for an easy-to-use adapter that offers industry-leading interoperability, compatibility and performance. The 64-bit, 66 MHz adapter features Agilent Technologies' Tachyon chip combined with Adaptec drivers and SAN (Storage Area Network) management software. The product will begin shipping to North American and European distributors starting on Monday, September 25.
"Our channel partners are excited about the introduction of Adaptec's Fibre Channel product," said Jim Comstock, vice president of marketing, Storage Networking Solutions, at Adaptec. " The introduction of the 9110G leverages Adaptec's extensive testing expertise and support infrastructure and is Adaptec's first step in bringing the benefits of SANs to a broader customer base."
"We fully expect advanced storage networking technologies such as Fibre Channel to continue to gain market acceptance as more and more companies look for ways to support increasingly complex and data-intensive server applications," said International Data Corp. analyst Eric Sheppard. "Moreover, we would expect Adaptec's strong channel brand to position the company well within the indirect open SAN market, which will be worth more than $5.7 billion by 2003."
Adaptec also announced an expansion of its Compatibility Test Lab to encompass Fibre Channel solutions. Adaptec's Compatibility Test Labs include more than 12,000 square feet of test space with over 500 test systems and thousands of devices for testing the company's industry-leading SCSI, RAID and storage networking products. Today's multi-million dollar expansion includes new Fibre Channel equipment and the addition of more than 1,800 square feet of floor space dedicated to Fibre Channel interoperability and SAN solutions testing.
"The expansion of Adaptec's Compatibility Test Lab supports the company's commitment to deliver the highest level of interoperability and most reliable solutions to our customers across a variety of applications," said Comstock. "Adaptec makes complex technologies easy to use; we've done this with SCSI and RAID, and we plan to do the same with Fibre Channel."
Adaptec's 9110G Fibre Channel host bus adapter kit is being offered at $1,200 (MSRP), or fully equipped with an optical GBIC and optical cable or copper GBIC and copper cable for $1,350 and $1,450 respectively.
Fibre Channel werd ontwikkeld als gecombineerde interconnect voor strorage systemen en netwerken. Je kunt 't dus zien als vervanging voor Gigabit Ethernet en SCSI. Meer info vind je op fibrechannel.org.