SOURCE: Finisar

April 02, 2007 08:00 ET

Finisar Introduces the Industry's First 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel Protocol Analyzer

New Blade Raises Finisar's Powerful Xgig Storage Test Platform to Higher Line Rates With Advanced Capabilities and High-Performance Correlation Across Devices and Protocols

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 2, 2007 -- Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), a leader in fiber optic and test-and-measurement solutions for high-speed data networks, today announced the industry's first comprehensive 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel (FC) test solution designed specifically for development and testing of advanced storage systems. The Xgig® 8 Gb/s FC solution is built upon Finisar's Xgig test tool platform, a versatile and comprehensive tool for testing and analyzing real-time traffic across all major high-speed storage protocols. Backed by a powerful combination of advanced features and expert analysis tools, the Xgig 8 Gb/s FC solution accelerates the design of new 8 Gb/s FC equipment for SAN's. It also simplifies troubleshooting when these SAN systems are deployed into enterprise storage operations.

Fibre Channel is expected to dominate SAN infrastructures in most data centers well beyond 2010. With the availability of 8 Gb/s FC, OEMs can deliver more performance and new capabilities which will enable a wider range of SAN applications. However, as this 8 Gb/s standard is implemented across a myriad of new solutions, vendors will be challenged to ensure their products meet the performance, reliability and interoperability requirements expected by enterprise end customers. Leading companies rely on Finisar's Xgig storage test tool platform's comprehensive capabilities to ensure their products meet or exceed standards set within the industry.

"Increasingly data-rich applications are driving the explosive growth within the storage industry. Finisar's Xgig test platform is a critical component in the implementation of new standards and technologies," said Dave Buse, general manager of Finisar's Network Tools division. "By leveraging our protocol expertise and heritage of innovation, our customers can reduce product design time and costs without sacrificing product reliability and quality, thus improving their chances for leadership in this important and growing market."

The powerful Xgig storage test tool platform features full 8 Gb/s line rate monitoring, yet is backward compatible with legacy 4, 2, and 1 Gb/s rates. Thus, it enables the entire spectrum of FC devices to be tested with a single test tool. Additionally, the Xgig platform is multi-function, supporting other important FC testing tools including BERT (Bit Error Rate Tester), jammer, and data generation in a single integrated solution. Finisar's multi-function architecture allows the identical hardware to be leveraged across all stages of development resulting in significant design time reductions and cost savings.

"As the leader and innovator of fiber channel switching technology, Brocade leverages test tools from our technology partners to develop and validate our products," said Dan Crain, chief technology officer for Brocade. "Brocade is using the Finisar Xgig platform in our 8Gbit/sec fibre channel test and development efforts to accelerate delivery of this new technology to the market and our customers."

The Xgig platform is multi-protocol, supporting the latest standards including 6 Gb/s SAS and SATA as well as10 Gb/s FC and Ethernet. With significant industry acceptance of tiered storage solutions, storage vendors can now correlate high-speed analysis across the full spectrum of storage devices to ensure end-to-end functionality and performance, regardless of protocol. Finisar's Xgig is the only platform available to support this wide selection of integrated protocol and test capabilities.

Additional features include support for scrambling, an expanded 8 Gigabyte (GB) trace buffer, and an array of enhanced trigger and search capabilities designed to help engineers more quickly identify and resolve errors.

The Xgig storage test tool platform with 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel protocol analyzer is currently available. For more information about Finisar's proven solutions for storage network testing and optimization, visit or contact a Finisar Solution Expert at 1.408.548.1000 or

About Finisar

Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a technology leader for fiber optic components and subsystems and network test and monitoring systems. These products enable high-speed data communications for networking and storage applications over Ethernet Local Area Networks (LANs), Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SANs), and Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) using Fibre Channel, IP, SAS, SATA and SONET/SDH protocols. The Company's headquarters is in Sunnyvale, California, USA.


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