A passenger train moving at 80 miles per hour needs about a mile to stop. This is like the momentum of the storage industry in transitioning to Gen 5 Fibre Channel (16Gb). We got the train moving with our launch in May 2011. The adapter companies followed our lead with only the storage companies left to make the transition.
It’s come full circle with the announcement from IBM for the IBM FlashSystem 840, an all SSD array that will support up to eight 16 Gb ports. This combination of flash technology from IBM and Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology from Brocade is the future of high performance storage for data centers. It’s IBM’s first storage solution to offer 16 Gb Fibre Channel connectivity and is an important industry milestone as storage continues to evolve. The latency, IOPS, and throughput numbers are impressive and will help unleash performance for virtualization platforms, applications, and databases.
All of a sudden the passenger train is now moving at nearly 300 miles per hour.