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IP SANs: A Guide to iSCSI, iFCP, and FCIP Protocols for Storage Area Networks by Tom Clark

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3.4. Fibre Channel

As the first network architecture to implement storage networking applications successfully, Fibre Channel has faced substantial challenges in product development, standardization, interoperability, and market acceptance. It has also achieved technological breakthroughs in the areas of gigabit transport and upper layer protocol support for SCSI-3, which ironically have made it vulnerable to competing storage network technologies. As the pioneer of storage networking, Fibre Channel has had to create its own vocabulary, and this, in turn, has made it difficult for customers to understand, deploy, and support. The basic lexicon of Fibre Channel is reviewed here.

3.4.1. Fibre Channel Layers

Fibre Channel standards are developed ...

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