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Designing Storage Area Networks: A Practical Reference for Implementing Fibre Channel and IP SANs, Second Edition by Tom Clark

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Chapter 3. Fibre Channel Internals

As the first successful gigabit serial transport, Fibre Channel was soon adopted as a viable architecture for block I/O applications. The fibre of Fibre Channel connotes support for both fiber-optic and copper cabling. The channel refers to its role as a gigabit, high-performance conduit between computing resources. This chapter presents an overview of the various layers that compose the Fibre Channel architecture and provides a basis for understanding Fibre Channel products and functionality.

Fibre Channel Layers

Fibre Channel is a standards-based networking architecture. The standards provide definitions for physical-layer attributes, transport controls, and upper-level support of TCP/IP, SCSI-3, High Performance ...

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