Another intriguing product is called FibreSpy SOC 804E Integrated Switch Port Expansion Application Solution (It's another mouthful). That could translate to "Plug something else in your disk array without using another FC switch." In fact, one of the possible applications is to add a few spare ports to a disk array, making it possible to connect other FC devices such as a tape library or second-tier storage.
Obviously, SMB customers wish they could get similar cost-saving features, and Emulex anticipates that many OEMs will work to make that a reality. Another likely deployment for the 804E is providing storage connectivity in a server blade environment, another quickly expanding area.
The first end-user products based on FibreSpy technology should appear by the middle of next year. I'll keep my eyes open, but until then please drop me a line and share a vote on FibreSpy. I say it's pervasive technology; do you agree?