Panduit to demo 16-Gbit data center Fibre Channel over 1 km multimode fiber

May 18, 2012
At the upcoming EMC World in Las Vegas, Panduit will demonstrate what it claims is the longest distance Fibre Channel transmission of its kind.

At EMC World in Las Vegas (May 21-24), at its booth #627, Panduit will demonstrate what it claims is the longest distance Fibre Channel transmission of its kind, i.e. 16-Gigabit Fibre Channel over 1 km of multimode fiber-optic cabling. The demonstration will feature QLogic's new 16-Gigabit Fibre Channel FlexSuite host bus adapters (HBAs) linked to a SANBlaze VirtuaLUN Target Emulator, with Panduit Signature Core multimode fiber cabling and connectivity.

"As data centers evolve to support more service oriented, public and private cloud models, our customers are investing in virtualization technology and fabric-based computing. Signature Core multimode fiber helps provide the flexibility needed to maximize return on these investments," comments Andrew Caveney, vice president of global marketing at Panduit.

Caveney adds, "The Signature Core technology is the result of years of research and development in collaboration with our partners. QLogic and SANBlaze are a perfect match for this demonstration, which sets a new distance benchmark for 16-Gigabit Fibre Channel traffic."

Panduit says the EMC World demonstration illustrates how its fiber cabling productcs can help organizations to become more agile and responsive to customer needs by implementing data center architectures that are optimized for both the logical and physical elements of the network.

"QLogic is excited to be a part of this demonstration with Panduit at EMC World with our new FlexSuite adapters," comments Joe Kimpler, Director, Technical Alliances, QLogic. "The Signature Core optical fiber Panduit has developed is extending the reach, and therefore the lifespan of multimode fiber for high-speed applications such as 16 gigabit Fibre Channel."

Panduit claims the Signature Core fiber-optic cabling system maintains signal integrity beyond that of all other types of multimode fiber. The company says the technology provides network architects with the flexibility to deploy less expensive multimode fiber links versus more expensive singlemode links -- a savings upwards of $1,000 per link, reckons the company.

"Utilizing SANBlaze 16-Gigabit Fibre Channel target emulation with QLogic HBAs and Panduit Signature Core solutions in the EMC World setup allows customers to see the components in the demonstration perform in an optimum high-performance architecture," says Mitul Patel, SANBlaze Product Manager.

Panduit emphasizes that the enhanced performance of the Signature Core multimode fiber enables extended reach, additional connections, and the highest reliability. For more information visit

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