A lead in fiber channel storage which Compaq will introduce this autumn will make it number one in the high end storage market, the company claimed.
Vic Mahadevan, VP of the enterprise storage division of Compaq US, said: ?Our first products will come out in Q3 this year. We think fiber channel will allows us to create a storage network, either to a single or a clustered server.?
He said that betas of the fiber channel products will be released to selected corporate customers in August as part of Compaq?s scheme to introduce whole families of products based on the protocols.
?Compaq is already number two in terms of storage at the high end according to IDC figures,? he said. ?Our goal is to pass EMC in revenue in 1997.? Both the technology and the cost made fiber channel attractive to corporate users, he said. ?EMC will charge between $1.50 and $2.00 per megabyte while Compaq storage will be between 40 to 50 cents per meg.?
Nor would other vendors be ready with fiber channel solutions by the autumn, he said. ?IBM, Hewlett Packard and Sun are only introducing it on their Risc boxes to protect high margins there. We?ll have a six months advantage over other x.86 vendors.?
The technology allows for high data exchange speeds over long distances, making it feasible to have so-called ?storage farms? based at one location which feed servers over the wide area.
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