Fibre Channel (FC) SAN

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  • Fibre Channel adapter

    A Fibre Channel (FC) adapter is a hardware component that provides connectivity from a server to a storage area network (SAN). 

  • soft zoning

    Soft zoning is used to allocate resources and control access in a storage-area network (SAN). 

  • hard zoning

    Hard zoning is used to allocate resources and control access in a storage-area network (SAN). 

  • block storage

    Block storage is a type of data storage typically used in storage-area network (SAN) environments where data is stored in volumes, also referred to as blocks. 

  • Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA)

    The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is an international organization whose goal is to help its members promote Fibre Channel (FC) technology. 

  • FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet)

    FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) is a storage protocol that enable Fibre Channel communications to run directly over Ethernet. FCoE makes it possible to converges storage and IP protocol traffic onto a single cable transport and interface. 

  • converged network adapter (CNA)

    A converged network adapter (CNA) is a single network interface card (NIC) that contains both a Fibre Channel (FC) host bus adapter (HBA) and a TCP/IP Ethernet NIC. 

  • LUN zoning

    LUN zoning is a method of configuring SAN fabric to match logical unit numbers (LUNs) to the proper servers. As a rule, end devices such as hosts can only see and access storage within their zone. Limiting access in this way improves security and all... 

  • LUN masking

    LUN masking is a further constraint added to zoning, subdividing access to the port so that only LUNs authorized to access a specific server can access the corresponding port. 

  • World Wide Name (WWN)

    A World Wide Name (WWN) is a unique identifier that is assigned to a manufacturer by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and hard-coded into a Fibre Channel (FC) device.