Lucent Technologies has announced details of its new Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) storage networking technology, claiming that FCIP will allow companies to inexpensively connect to storage area networks (SANs) over regional and long-haul lines.
FCIP will operate with Lucent's OptiStar EdgeSwitch device to place Fibre Channel storage data into IP packets. Those packets can then be routed throughout an IP-based wide area network (WAN).
"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 or application service provider (ASP) 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 among the OptiStar EdgeSwitch system, which bears FCIP technology, and other Lucent transport devices such as its WaveStar OLS 1.6T system, a dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) 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.