Fibre Channel products prove interoperability

After a fourth round of interoperability tests this summer, nearly two dozen Fibre
Channel vendors said they have demonstrated an acceptable level of interoperability among
their products.

For the first time, the tests of arbitrated loop and switched-fabric topologies
included Fibre Channel drives from Quantum Corp. of Milpitas, Calif., and Seagate
Technology Inc. of Scotts Valley, Calif.

Members of the Fibre Channel Loop Community last year initiated the testing program for
the 1-gigabit/sec serial connectivity interface, which is becoming part of servers, disk
drives, RAID storage modules, switches, hubs, adapter hardware, test equipment, cables,
connectors and software.

The University of New Hampshire’s Fibre Channel Consortium helped to conduct the
tests; more are set for next month. For details about the tests, visit  

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