Lucent Technologies announced last week a Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) module for its OptiStar EdgeSwitch that lets storage administrators bridge storage-area networks (SAN) over IP.
Bridging SANs over distance allows data backup, data replication and hosting over existing carrier nets. The OptiStar EdgeSwitch FCIP Network Module works with other OptiStar modules for Gigabit Ethernet, OC-48c and OC-12c Packet over SONET.
FCIP capability will be available this summer. Pricing is not yet available.