Fast Guide: Advanced Fibre Channel

Maryann Tripp

If you find yourself beyond the basic Fibre Channel (FC) phase and need more in-depth information on FC strategies, protocols, budget concerns and SAN connectivity issues, check out our Fast Guide to Advanced Fibre Channel.

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   Cost concerns
   Working with FC
   The future

  Strategies Return to Table of Contents

  Cost concerns Return to Table of Contents

  Working with FC Return to Table of Contents

  Protocols Return to Table of Contents

  The future Return to Table of Contents
  • Where Fibre Channel is headed
    The near future will see a lot of confusion in Fibre Channel bandwidth options, with 4, 8 and ultimately 10 GB coming on the market. At the same time, host bust adapter (HBA) prices are under pressure. Find out what's being done to improve HBA manageability and interoperability.

  • The slow move toward faster Fibre
    Hungry for faster Fibre Channel? Four Gbps will have to hold you for now.

  • What's an intelligent switch
    Check in with expert Greg Schulz and get the lowdown on intelligent switches.

  • 4 GB – Ready or not, here it comes
    Next year, 4Gb/sec Fibre Channel (FC) products will start to roll out. These products will double the performance of 2Gb/sec gear for the same price, although the earliest adopters will probably pay a small premium until the full economies of large-scale chip production kick in.

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