Why didn't ESCON and HIPPI become the preferred standards for transport between host and host and host and peripherals?...
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Why has Fibre Channel emerged past these technologies? Why do we need Fibre Channel if we have Gigabit Ethernet? Is it an interface issue? Could we build a USB to Fiber Interface?
ESCON is proprietary, HIPPI is half duplex. FC is not necessary - some day it could be all GbE or maybe FC will prevail for storage. FC is pretty reliable and robust - it works well.
Don't hold your breath waiting for a USB/FC connect. USB is not designed for the data rates of storage networking.
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