"Spurred by data hungry applications and legislature mandating
long periods of data retention, IT departments are doubling storage
requirements each year. To keep up with the demand and to simplify
the management of such enormous volumes of information, many
organizations have adopted storage area networks (SANs) based on
Fibre Channel, which consolidates disparate hardware into a shared
storage pool. And while Fibre Channel is complicated and expensive,
its speed has historically surpassed other networking solutions,
justifying its higher price tag.
"But as the SAN market grew using 2 Gbps Fibre Channel, Ethernet
attained higher and higher speeds..."