Promoting a considerable increase in the data transfer rate of SANs (storage area networks) and other network devices, the Fibre Channel Industry Association this week introduced a proposed 10GBps (Gigabytes per second) Fibre Channel standard. Although 2GBps Fibre Channel hardware will begin shipping by year's end, the proposed new standard would be 10 times faster than current 1GBps Fibre Channel equipment. The proposal, submitted to the American National Standards Institute, calls for the 10GBps standard to be backward-compatible with 1GBps and 2GBps devices and use the same connectors and transceivers used in Ethernet and Infiniband.