The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) announced the INCITS T11 standards committee has recently completed the Fibre Channel Physical Interface – sixth generation (FC-PI-6) industry standard for specifying 32 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Fibre Channel and will forward it to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for publication in the first quarter of 2014.
At 32 Gbps, Fibre Channel doubles the data rate of the current 16G Fibre Channel standard. Vendor solutions are expected in calendar 2015/2016. This represents the fastest single-lane serial transmission speed of any copper or optical storage interconnect.
The tremendous growth in data/video/images, Cloud computing and Flash are all helping to drive the need for greater bandwidth. Fibre Channel will be around in data centers for a long time.
Fibre Channel fun facts:
10+ million Fibre Channel ports shipped per year.
10+ Exabytes of Fibre Channel storage shipped per year.
$10B+ of Fibre Channel Enterprise storage systems sold per year.