An internal document from Compaq outlines its strategy to replace SCSI with the emerging Fibre Channel standard for attached storage, which will rely on Microsoft releasing Wolfpack on time.
That looks increasingly unlikely as large end users show indifference to the up and coming Ansi standard for linking storage, and as the Wolfpack clustering technology - which also relies on Fibre Channel - is delayed. This delay is likely to hold back widespread acceptance of the new standard, but Compaq is still pushing Fibre Channel as a replacement for SCSI, and its internal document claims even the ultrafast version of SCSI is in danger.
The brief, given to end users including UBS Phillips Drew, Credit Suisse and BZW, at Compaq's Innovate 97 event in Houston last week, concentrated on SCSI interface technology but said this will not satisfy future needs.
Compaq?s aim to deck the widely used SCSI standard will experience some problems, the document admits, but it believes the future lies with Fibre Channel.
According to Compaq, the serial-based technology creates 'logical' point to point connections between ports with the minimum amount of transceivers, while hubs allow cascading and optical connections too.
Fibre Channel comes in three classes. Class One is based on switched circuits, Class Two on multiplexed frame switching, while Class Three still remains to be decided, the document said.
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