[Paul Thurston]"Would somebody remember the manufacturer or the model number of the cards?"
The only shipping 4Gb FC cards I'm aware of are the Atto Celerity. Huge Systems was showing their 4Gb arrays playing uncompressed 4K film rez material using the Atto card. (They aren't cheap.)
[Paul Thurston]"Yesterday I visited the Fujitsu website and they where describing a new product that seemed to be a 10 Gbps switch box? Would something like this work with the above Gbit cards seen at NAB?"
GbE and 10GbE technology pairs nicely with iSCSI (pronounced "eye scuzzy") products, sometimes referred to as SAN Junior. iSCSI is a promising technology that may come into it's own once 10GbE becomes cost effective.
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You might have been thinking about our 4Gigabit Fibre Channel product line. Bart is right, the adapters are not cheap. The dual port Atto Celerity retails for about $1200. However, it is very fast, and really is shipping.
You can find 10GbE board for the mac at Small Tree. For Windows, Intel is making boards. In fact Small tree uses the Intel chip. For a 10 GbE switch, HP has interesting products (around 3 000 dollars).
Small Tree is also working on a new network protocol for storage called Blaze. It has been presented during the Apple WWDC. This should allow 10 GbE to be used for heavy video streams (around 300 MB/s per station). All the solution should be available end of third quarter of this year.
Question: Why install a fibre channel san when a technology using well known network configuration is arriving? San software editors such as ADIC are announcing that they are ready to make their move to this technology.
The 2Gb FC cards we are using cost about $600. Even the 4Gb is only $1200 - probably less by then. The switch is about the same price as an effective (but not enterprise class) FC switch. Plus the FC hardware is proven. As well as the protocol.
Can you find a drive array to deliver 300Mb per station anyway? (just curious)? I may be misunderstanding - do you mean per server?