The Fibre Alliance, a group of vendors that jointly promote fibre channel technology, has added four new members to its list, including Sequent, the soon to be IBM company.
Other new members include systems management software vendor, BMC Software; automated performance analysis software developer, Datametrics; and server connectivity specialist, Iphase.
The Fibre Alliance was formed 18 months ago to enable users to view and manage the management software for each hub and switch on their storage area network (San) from one console.
The group sent a sent a raft of specifications to the Internet Engineering Taskforce (IETF) in March setting out how San component developers could ensure their management software would be able to integrate with third party component management software.
An Alliance spokesperson said the IETF was expected to ratify the specifications by the end of the year, but component suppliers were already incorporating the standard into San tools that are due out in the same time frame.
Fibre channel is widely expected to replace SCSI as a means of connecting storage devices with servers. A fibre channel switch supports around 16 million devices, while the distance between storage and server can measure six miles, compared with SCSI at 25 metres.
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