Gigalight

Optical Transceiver Solution for Storage Area Network (SAN)

The Storage Area Network (referred to as SAN) of data center usually adopts Fibre Channel (FC) technology, connect storage arrays and server host via FC switches and establish the area network dedicated for data storage. With ten years’ development, SAN has been matured and became a defacto standard in the industry. As a high-speed network interconnection technology, the common running rates of Fibre Channel (FC) include 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, 8 Gbps, 14 Gbps and 28 Gbps. Fibre Channel (FC) is mainly used for connecting the storage device in data center, but it has become a common connection type in enterprise-class storage SAN. Here we will have a brief introduction on Fibre Channel and Gigalight optical transceiver solution for Fibre Channel.

How Much Do You Know about Fibre Channel (FC)

Fibre Channel (FC) became the leading choice for SAN networking during the mid-1990s. Traditional Fibre Channel networks contain special-purpose hardware called Fibre Channel switches that connect the storage to the SAN plus Fibre Channel HBAs (host bus adapters) that connect these switches to server computers.

Fibre Channel is ideal for these applications:

  • High-performance storage;
  • High-performance disk and tape/tape silo IO;
  • Large data bases and data warehouses;
  • Storage backup systems and recovery;
  • Server clusters;
  • Network-based storage (i.e., SANs);
  • High-performance workgroups;
  • Campus backbones.

 

The following is the protocol standard development circuit diagram and corresponding working rate of Fibre Channel:

 

The following is the list of main suppliers of equipment suppliers of Fibre Channel:

Gigalight Optical Transceivers for Fibre Channel (FC)

Gigalight can provide complete optical transceivers for Fibre Channel, and its working rate covers 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, 8 Gbps, 14 Gbps and 28 Gbps. Gigalight products are compatible with the switching equipment of Brocade, Cisco, Qlogic and other major equipment manufacturers. The following is the main product lines for Fibre Channel by Gigalight.

Gigalight 28Gbit/Sec SWL Optical Transceiver P/N: GPP-85250G-SRC

Performance:

Fibre Channel: 28Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;

Media: Hot-pluggable, industry-standard Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+), LC connector;

Short Wavelength (SWL) 850 nm.

Gigalight 28Gbit/Sec SWL Optical Transceiver P/N: GPP-85250G-LRC

Performance:

Fibre Channel: 28Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;

Media: Hot-pluggable, industry-standard Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+), LC connector;

Long Wavelength (LWL) 1310 nm.

Gigalight 14Gbit/Sec SWL Optical Transceiver P/N: GPP-8514G-SRC

Performance:

Fibre Channel: 14Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;

Media: Hot-pluggable, industry-standard Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+), LC connector;

Short Wavelength (SWL) 850 nm.

Gigalight 8 Gbit/Sec SWL Optical Transceiver P/N: GPP-858G-SRC

Performance:

Fibre Channel: 2.125, 4.250, and 8.5 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec port speeds;

Media: Hot-pluggable, industry-standard Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+), LC connector;

Short Wavelength (SWL) 850 nm.

Gialight 8 Gbit/Sec LWL (10 KM) Optical Transceiver P/N: GPP-318G-LRC

Performance:

Fibre Channel: 2.125, 4.250, and 8.5 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec port speeds;

Media: Hot-pluggable, industry-standard Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector;

Long Wavelength (LWL) 1310 nm.

Gigalight 4 Gbit/Sec SWL Optical Transceiver P/N: GP-854G-S3CD

Performance:

Fibre Channel: 1.0625, 2.125, and 4.250 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 1, 2, and 4 Gbit/sec port speeds; compatible with Gigabit Ethernet;

Media: Hot-pluggable, industry-standard Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector;
Short Wavelength (SWL) 850 nm.

Gigalight 4 Gbit/Sec LWL (4 KM) Optical Transceiver P/N: GP-314G-02CD

Performance:

Fibre Channel: 1.0625, 2.125, and 4.250 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 1, 2, and 4 Gbit/sec port speeds;

Media: Hot-pluggable, industry-standard Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector;
Long Wavelength (LWL) 1310 nm.

Gigalight 4 Gbit/Sec LWL (10 KM) Optical Transceiver P/N: GP-314G-L1CD

Performance:

Fibre Channel: 1.0625, 2.125, and 4.250 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 1, 2, and 4 Gbit/sec port speeds;

Media: Hot-pluggable, industry-standard Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP);

LC connector; Long Wavelength (LWL) 1310 nm.

Gigalight 4 Gbit/Sec ELWL (30 KM) Optical Transceiver P/N: GP-314G-L4CD

Performance:

Fibre Channel: 1.0625, 2.125, and 4.250 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 1, 2, and 4 Gbit/sec port speeds;

Media: Hot-pluggable, industry-standard Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector;
Extended Long Wavelength (ELWL) 1310 nm.