FCIA to demo interoperability and management
Addressing two of end users` primary concerns about Fibre Channel and storage area networks (SANs), the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) plans to showcase interoperability and management at next month`s Comdex show, Nov. 15-19. The exhibit will take place in Room N250 of the Las Vegas Convention Center and will include more than 50 vendors. "The main focus is on interoperability and management, to show that Fibre Channel is ready for prime time," says Michael Fitzpatrick, FCIA chairman. In addition to a working SAN linking some 25 to 30 vendors` equipment (some on the main show floor), the exhibit will include a "learning center" consisting of kiosks devoted to a variety of topics.
At press time, topics included clustering, LAN-free backup, interoperability and connectivity, and SAN management. "We`re trying to provide education and solutions, not just pushing products," says Fitzpatrick.
On the management front, "we`ll show various applications in an NT environment managing a SAN," says Harry Aine, president and CEO of SAN Solutions, in Incline Village, NV. Aine and others have been working with Microsoft, using the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) framework to develop management code. The management demo will also exploit SNMP MIBs and systems/network management platforms from vendors such as Hewlett-Packard and Tivoli.
The FCIA was formed last month by the merger of the Fibre Channel Community and the Fibre Channel Association. The FCIA recently appointed its board of directors, which includes:
Michael Fitzpatrick (Fujitsu Computer Products), chairman
Julian Elliott (Hewlett-Packard), CFO
Jay Kramer (Creative Design Solutions), CFO
Nancy Kuehn (Seagate Technology), officer-secretary
Howey Chin (Gadzoox Networks)
Skip Jones, (Qlogic)
Carla Kennedy (Ancor)
Chris Lyon (Vixel)
Kumar Malavalli (Brocade)
Linda Reed (McData)
Dennis Talluto (Electronic Data Systems)
The FCIA is currently developing end-user forums. For more information: (650) 949-6730, www.fibrechannel.com.