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.
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.
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This was first published in July 2002