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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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3.5. Gigabit Ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet owes its existence to the technical innovations of Fibre Channel transport and the historical momentum of Ethernet and IP networking. From Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet has taken the breakthrough technology of gigabit physical specifications, fiber optics, CDR, 8b/10b data encoding, and ordered sets for link commands and delimiters. From Ethernet, it has inherited mainstream status and seamless integration to a vast installed base of operating systems and network infrastructures. Although Fibre Channel has had to struggle for credibility as an emergent technology, Gigabit Ethernet's credibility was established before it was even implemented. Today, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and higher speeds are assumed to be ...

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