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Introduction to Storage Area Networks by Libor Miklas, Shanmuganathan Kumaravel, Hector Hugo Ibarra, Pall Beck, Jon Tate

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Topologies and other fabric services
In this chapter, we introduce Fibre Channel (FC) topologies and other fabric services that are commonly encountered in a storage area network (SAN).
We also provide an insight into the emerging converged topology and the option to merge FC to Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).
5.1 Fibre Channel topologies
Fibre Channel-based networks support three types of base topologies: point-to-point, arbitrated loop, and switched fabric. A switched fabric is the most commonly encountered topology today and it has subclassifications ...

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