Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA)
The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is a mutual benefit non-profit international organization of manufacturers, system integrators, developers, vendors, industry professionals and end users. The FCIA is committed to delivering a broad base of Fibre Channel infrastructure technology to support a wide array of applications within the mass storage and IT-based arenas. FCIA working groups and committees focus on specific aspects of the technology, targeting both vertical and horizontal markets including data storage, video, networking and storage area networking (SAN) management.
Why Fibre Channel?
Today's data explosion presents unprecedented challenges incorporating a wide range of application requirements such as database and file management, transaction processing, data warehousing, imaging, integrated audio/video, networked storage, real-time computing, collaborative projects and CAD/CAE. Fibre Channel is simply the easiest, most reliable solution for information storage and retrieval.
Fibre Channel Overview
Storage networking involves amassing large volumes of data and distributing it. The actual network that evolves from storage networking is known as a Storage Area Network (SAN). Preeminent storage networks are based on Fibre Channel technology and are known as Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks or Fibre Channel SANs. In this publication, all SANs are based on Fibre Channel technology.
Fibre Channel Standards
The Technical Committee T11 has its own web site providing access to past and current specifications, as well as drafts being considered for the future of fibre channel technology.
Fibre Channel SANs
Fibre Channel SANs encompass a systematic approach to developing storage networks. From the specifications of connectors at the physical level to querying the fabric for the IP address of a storage device, Fibre Channel has a standardized process. NCITS ANSI continues to develop new standards that will increase the functionality and performance of Fibre Channel SANs. The Fibre Channel industry has the user in mind and has developed programs to qualify interoperability between equipment and solutions.
Three key IT problems have driven the phenomenal growth of Fibre Channel installations:
Fibre Channel Features
Fibre Channel is a fast, reliable data transport system that scales to meet the requirements of any enterprise. Today, installations range from small post-production systems on Fibre Channel loop to very large systems linking thousands of users, servers, and storage systems into a switched, Fibre Channel network.
SNIA and FCIA
The SNIA recognizes that FCIA represents expertise in the area of Fibre Channel as used in storage networking as well as being a key industry association involved in the development of marketing requirements for coordinating with the T11 standards organization, and wishes to facilitate SNIA input into FCIA activities and FCIA input into SNIA Fibre Channel related activities.