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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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Working with FC
- 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.