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A comprehensive definition of network fabric

I would like to get a comprehensive definition of "network fabric" as well as a synonym for "fabric" within this context. I have had some difficulties when translating these words into Spanish. Thank you so much.

 

Regards.


 

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Some may disagree, but I think the best definition for a fabric is the set of consistent services offered by one or more switches working together in a Fibre Channel SAN. Any node connected to any switch in a fabric "sees" exactly the same information about the network. In other words, a fabric is a way of distributing the functions of a switch, more or less in real time.

However, you can also have fabrics with autonomous regions, where switches may provide unique service information that is explicitly not shared with other switches.

Regards,
Marc

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This was first published in July 2002

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