SOURCE: Finisar

July 07, 2008 05:00 ET

Finisar Offers Comprehensive Fibre Channel Over Ethernet (FCoE) Protocol Training

Finisar's Medusa Labs to Provide In-Depth Protocol Training for Emerging FCoE Standard

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), a global technology leader in fiber optic and test and measurement solutions for high-speed networks, today announced a new training course designed to provide protocol knowledge of the emerging Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standard being adopted by the INCITS T11 Committee. Taught by Finisar's Medusa Labs staff of networking protocol experts, the class will feature the latest developments in FCoE architecture and instrumentation. Using proven training techniques, participants will gain valuable experience and insight into working with this latest storage protocol. Participants will also receive hands on training analyzing Fibre Channel traces with Finisar's industry leading 10Gbps Xgig® analyzer.

Over the last year, the FCoE protocol specification has garnered interest within the data networking industry due to its potential to allow enterprise data centers to consolidate and optimize existing systems, while maintaining the same latency, security and traffic management of existing Fibre Channel offerings. Additionally, the rise of server virtualization within the data center has caused an increased demand for Fibre Channel connectivity, also contributing to the growing significance of the FCoE standard.

A leading provider of storage test and measurement equipment, Finisar® is the first company to offer both training courses and analysis tools based on the FCoE standard. As more datacenters begin utilizing the FCoE protocol, a growing number of storage professionals will require knowledge and training on this standard. Course labs emphasize the analysis of traces taken from multi-vendor equipment using Finisar analytical tools, so that class attendees gain valuable insight into this new protocol.

"Because today's storage environments are increasingly complex, network professionals must be proficient in a variety of storage protocols," said Dave Buse, general manager of Network Tools at Finisar. "As the industry's foremost authority on Fibre Channel and SAN training and education, Finisar's Medusa Labs has the expertise and resources to provide unparalled, in-depth instruction on FCoE."

The next public class will be held on September 29. Medusa Labs also offers private, on-site courses. For more information, send e-mail to or visit

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 Gigabit 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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