Lucent rolls out Fibre Channel-enabled SAN technology

Lucent Technologies Inc. announced details Monday of its new FCIP (Fibre Channel over IP) storage networking technology, claiming that that FCIP will allow companies to inexpensively connect to SANs (storage area networks) over regional and long-haul lines.

FCIP will operate with Lucent's OptiStar EdgeSwitch device to place Fibre Channel storage data into IP (Internet protocol) packets. Those packets can then be routed throughout an IP-based WAN (wireless area network).

"The technology provides our customers with another way of making money off the investments they've made," said Jason Baim, a Lucent product manager. For example, an ISP (Internet service provider) or ASP (application service provider) could use FCIP to easily add storage networking services to its existing network infrastructure, according to Baim.

Baim also noted that the FCIP technology is part of a larger effort on Lucent's part to roll out hosted services. The company is currently working toward interoperability between the OptiStar EdgeSwitch system, bearing FCIP technology, and other Lucent transport devices such as its WaveStar OLS 1.6T system, a DWDM (dense wave division multiplexing) terabit-capable product, and its large-scale, pure-optical Lambda router.

"There're opportunities to leverage this technology platform across all of those [products]," Baim said. "It becomes an end-to-end solution, with the OptiStar EdgeSwitch and FCIP module sitting on the edge."

Pricing details were unclear, but Baim commented that a modular pricing scheme would range between US$30,000 to $60,000.

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