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Vol. 1 No. 6 August 2002

IFCP and FCIP

What is the difference between iFCP and FCIP? FCIP is an encapsulation or tunneling protocol that does not interpret FC functions, but forwards FC traffic over a TCP/IP network. It fits the mold of the "I don't know nothin' I'm just doing my job" network function. FCIP is a way to direct traffic from one SAN to another. iFCP looks at performing fabric functions just like a FC switch does -- but provides this capability in a TCP/IP environment. In other words, iFCP incorporates all the basic switch functions that standard FC switches do, but has the ability to perform fabric management functions over TCP/IP networks with other iFCP compatible network devices. These could potentially include iFCP compatible NICs. Regards, Marc Farley

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