ADVA, COLT stretch Fibre Channel over 135km

ADVA Optical Networking and COLT announced what they claims is the market's first deployment of an 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) service over 135km.

The new service, part of a customer's Storage Area Network (SAN), built upon the ADVA FSP 3000's 8Gbps FC card, provides a point-to-point link. The greater span is enabled by the ADVA FSP 3000's Raman amplification techniques, which eliminate mid-span huts and their associated operations and maintenance costs.

Before installation, ADVA Optical Networking developed and extensively tested its 8Gbit/s FC solution in its Meiningen, Germany, laboratories, ensuring that it could operate over large distances and that it is compatible with 10, 4, 2 and 1Gbps FC interfaces and a range of industry switches, including Brocade's 8Gbps SAN switch.