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Gen 6 Product Tracker

Why we need a Gen 6 Product Tracker

Because no one seems to know if and when we are going to see Gen 6 storage! The industry announced Gen 6 Fibre Channel-enabled servers (HBAs) and switched fabrics in March of 2016.  However, 18 months later there is very little 27Gb FC storage to be found. believes that because of declining shipments of Fibre Channel storage, some vendors may never introduce Gen 6 products.

Listed below are product categories and vendors offering Gen 6 Fibre Channel products rated for 27Gb throughput (not 32Gb as advertised by many).

Please help us update our Gen 6 product tracker! Email if you know of other products that should be added.

Gen 6 32GFC products are available from these vendors.

HBAs Switches Bridges Storage Test 
ATTO Brocade ATTO (SAS-FC) NetApp All Flash FAS SanBlaze
Broadcom  (Emulex) Cisco Teledyne LeCroy
Cavium (QLogic) Virtual Instruments

Beyond Gen 6

If Gen 6 storage products haven’t hit the market 18 months after Gen 6 HBAs and switches, what’s going to happen with Gen 7?

The Fibre Channel networking vendors are optimistic there will be future generations of Fibre Channel storage, while the system vendors are generally non-committal.

Help us crowd-source an industry road map by taking this survey which will reveal what vendors are telling the industry.