Finisar debuts 10GbE protocol analyzer for FCoE

AUGUST 20, 2007 -- Finisar Corp. has announced availability of the Xgig 10GbE Analyzer, which it asserts is the industry's first and only protocol analyzer that supports the recent ANSI Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) initiative.

AUGUST 20, 2007 -- Finisar Corp. (search for Finisar) has announced availability of the Xgig 10GbE Analyzer, which it asserts is the industry's first and only protocol analyzer that supports the recent ANSI Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) initiative. The Xgig is designed to support all key storage protocols such as Fibre Channel, SAS/SATA, Ethernet, and iSCSI. The FCoE analyzer is based on the company's 10GbE Xgig product and Expert software.

The implementation of FCoE aims to guarantee packet delivery using the PAUSE command and overcomes the deficiencies of standard Ethernet products that drop frames in overloaded conditions. The FCoE initiative promises to enable cost-savings via consolidated connectivity and management within the server clusters. The FCoE initiative is supported by industry leaders including Brocade, Cisco, EMC, Emulex Corporation, IBM, Intel, Nuova, QLogic, and Sun Microsystems. For more information, visit the ANSI T11 website.

The latest release of Xgig supports the recently ratified frame format.

"Finisar has been instrumental in accelerating the adoption of new technologies by providing tools crucial for product development," said Skip Jones, chairman of the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). "We are very excited that the Xgig tester platform has been enhanced to support the FCoE initiative so quickly. This new analyzer will speed time-to-market of high-performance and reliable FCoE products, and push forward the acceptance of this new standard as it is deployed across data centers."

This FCoE solution consists of a blade that plugs into Finisar's Xgig platform to expand the Xgig analyzer capability beyond the current 8-Gbit/sec Fibre Channel and 6-Gbit/sec SAS/SATA.

"Many of our customers believe that Fibre Channel over Ethernet will be a promising new standard to provide a critical linkage between the SAN and LAN worlds," said Paul Hansen, vice president of marketing, Network Tools, Finisar. "This is an exciting new initiative for our industry and Finisar is well-positioned to take a leadership role in helping to accelerate FCoE developments. As a market leader with extensive expertise in both the FC and 10GbE technologies, our latest analyzer will be a crucial tool for any company developing solutions to this new standard."

In addition to support of FCoE, the 10GbE Analyzer also offers a range of capabilities through the Xgig platform to accelerate both product development and network troubleshooting. These capabilities include scalability with the capacity for monitoring up to 32 ports and 100% capture, enabling developers to collect and analyze all traffic passing over a link. Combined with Finisar's Traffic Analysis Point (TAP) technology, traffic capture and monitoring is completely non-intrusive, simplifying tool set up and guaranteeing accuracy, the company says. The analyzer also supports multi-protocol synchronous capture to enable developers to correlate packets as they cross protocol domains.

"The Xgig 10GbE Protocol Analyzer will play a critical role in ensuring our market leadership in the FCoE market," said Soni Jiandani, CMO at Nuova Systems. "By enabling us to see what's really happening in the network, we will be able to guarantee the high performance, scalability, and reliability of our equipment to create a robust, consolidated I/O fabric."

The Xgig 10GbE Analyzer for Fibre Channel over Ethernet is shipping worldwide.

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