What is the difference between QuickLoop and FC-SW? What is the best one to use and why?

    Requires Free Membership to View

QuickLoop is a Brocade solution that provides access into a fabric for those OSs that do not talk switched fabric protocol. It also allows you to connect older FC-AL loop based solutions, like the original Compaq Enterprise Backup solution, into the fabric. Then, the fabric-based servers can see and utilize the components in the loop, like sharing a tape drive in the SAN, which is good for ROI on solutions purchased a while ago.

FC-SW is the abbreviation for "Switched Fabric" protocol, and QuickLoop provides address translation from that protocol, to the ID based FC-AL protocol. Fabrics use WWN (worldwide names) for getting access to a specific component where FC-AL used IDs from 1 to 128. There needs to be a way for fabric based hosts to "SEE" loop based devices and this is what QuickLoop allows.

FC-SW2 (the next version of the switched protocol) is being ratified as we speak and addresses "INTER-SWITCH" (switches from different vendors) communication via "E-Ports" which is the term used for inter-switch link ports. This is the first step to making SANs truly plug and play.


This was first published in May 2001

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: