Transmode AB


Pressmeddelande   •   Okt 18, 2005 13:51 CEST

Transmode Systems, today announced that by working with Sun Microsystems, customers and partners can witness the world’s first multi-vendor data replication over native 4G Fibre Channel and WDM demonstration at the Sun EMEA Storage Symposium in Sardinia, Italy.

The demonstration includes interconnection of switches from a wide range of vendors, including Brocade, McDATA, QLogic and StorageTek, with 4G Fibre Channel interfaces over a Transmode WDM system using 40 km 4 Gbit/s WDM SFP pluggable optics. The demonstration is intended to reproduce typical customer SAN environments and show the advantages of native 4G Fibre Channel directly over WDM wavelengths. Customers wishing to continue with further proof of concept testing beyond the Symposium can do so at Sun’s state of the art Global Storage Centre at West Lothian, Scotland.

“This is a great opportunity to show our customers and partners the next step in SAN extension techniques,” said James Steele, Senior Manager, Network Storage, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “4G Fibre Channel is currently undergoing rapid growth and is predicted to overtake 2G Fibre Channel port shipments in 2006 to become the primary Fibre Channel port type shipped. Sun and our partners are at the forefront of developing solutions to meet these needs and this demonstration and ongoing work at the Global Storage Centre show our continued commitment to leadership in this sector.”

A number of recent analyst reports have highlighted the rapid growth of 4G Fibre Channel deployments with port sales rising from approximately 1 in 50 in 2004 to 1 in 3 in 2005 and 2 in 3 in 2006-2007. This growth is generated by the 4G Fibre Channel port costs that are only a small premium over 2G Fibre Channel representing a significant improvement in cost per bit. In addition 4G Fibre Channel achieves lower restrictions than 10G Fibre channel in terms of credit buffer requirements and the corresponding throughput/distance performance and lower cost optical transport when compared to multiplexed 10G solutions.

“At Transmode we are committed to continuing our tradition of pioneering research and development and are pleased to be able to demonstrate a new technology that will bring great advantages to the SAN extension market.” said Dirk Lutz, Director of Business Development at Transmode. “SAN extension is a key application for both our enterprise and service provider customers and 4G Fibre Channel is an important and logical next step for them to take in their network build outs and service offerings.”

About Transmode
Transmode is a Pioneer in Optical Networking. Innovations such as intelligent WDM (iWDM), which dramatically lowers operational cost, and unamplified DWDM, which reduces network CAPEX and complexity, have contributed to success at a global level, with a customer base of more than 100 network operators, service providers, enterprises and public institutions across Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Transmode is the only company with the full spectrum of Optical Networking solutions based on WDM, designed to cater for the needs of Network Operators and Enterprises alike without compromising on functionality or cost-efficiency. Transmode’s product portfolio addresses Optical Networking requirements from regional networks, through metro core and access networks, all the way down to the customer premises

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Michael Crossey
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