FCIA Demonstrates Superior Interoperability With 8GFC and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Demonstrations at SNW

FCIA Sponsored FCoE Panel to be Moderated by Veteran Analyst Dave Vellante of the Wikibon Project

DALLAS, Oct. 11, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Storage Networking World -- The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) today announced that it will exhibit demonstrations around 8GFC (Gigabit Fibre Channel) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). Demonstrations will take place in booth #315 at Storage Networking World (SNW), October 11-14 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas, TX.

The FCIA will showcase the synergy between 8GFC and FCoE technology in the data center. This demonstration brings together 11 leading companies including Amphenol, Broadcom, Brocade, Cisco, Emulex, Hewlett-Packard, JDSU, LSI, Molex, NetApp, and QLogic.

 "The FCIA is delighted to work in partnership with storage networking leaders in FCoE and 8GFC," said Skip Jones, chairman FCIA. "Today's demonstrations show how Fibre Channel evolution continues to provide data center managers with the flexibility of leveraging their Fibre Channel investments for further cost, space, and power savings by either consolidating their data center IO or by migrating their 4GFC SANs to 8GFC SANs, or as we see in most cases, a mix of doing both as most appropriate for their various applications."

FCoE in the Spotlight

The FCIA will be presenting in the following sessions at SNW:

FCoE Panel: The Arrival of the New Data Center
  Moderated by David Vellante, The Wikibon Project
  Monday, October 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  Distinguished Panelists include:
  Greg McSorley, Technical Business Development Manager, Amphenol and Secretary, FCIA
  Steve Wilson, Director, Technology and Standards, Brocade and Member-at-Large, FCIA
  Claudio DeSanti, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco and FCIA member
  Mark Jones, Director Technical Marketing, Emulex and Member-at-Large, FCIA
  Sean Fitzpatrick, Senior Business Development Manager, Hewlett-Packard, FCIA member
  Mike McNamara, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, NetApp and Marketing Chairperson, FCIA
  Craig Carlson, Technologist, QLogic Corporation
Fibre Channel Driving Storage Innovation, Speed and Convergence
  Monday, October 11 from 2:50 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.
  Presented by Tom Hammond-Doel, Senior Alliance Manager, Engenio Storage
  Group of LSI and Vice Chairman, FCIA

"I am thrilled to be moderating the FCIA FCoE panel and share firsthand how leading technology companies are delivering FCoE solutions to the market," said David Vellante, Co-Founder, The Wikibon Project. "FCoE is a journey for customers that provide a means of preserving Fibre Channel investments while delivering the efficiencies and performance required for modern, virtualized data centers."

In addition to the aforementioned sessions, The FCIA will be distributing its Fibre Channel Solutions Guide that includes up-to-date information on the benefits of Fibre Channel.

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About FCIA

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is a non-profit international organization whose sole purpose is to act as the independent technology and marketing voice of the Fibre Channel industry. We are committed to helping member organizations promote and position Fibre Channel, and to providing a focal point for Fibre Channel information, standards advocacy, and education.

FCIA members include manufacturers, system integrators, developers, vendors, industry professionals, and end users. Our member-led working groups and committees focus on creating and championing the Fibre Channel technology roadmaps, targeting applications that include data storage, video, networking, and storage area network (SAN) management. For more info, go to http://www.fibrechannel.org

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