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  • ISCSI takes its rightful place beside Fibre Channel

    There are no absolute rules on what you can and can't do when it comes to Fibre Channel and iSCSI. This article covers some of the important pros and cons to each approach. 

  • Storage Area Network School: Table of contents

    What is a storage area network? What are the benefits and pitfalls of installation? How can a SAN fit into your organization? These questions and more are answered in our Storage Area Network School. 

  • 4 Gbit Fibre Channel switch purchase considerations

    Switches are particularly crucial in a storage area network (SAN) to interconnect servers and storage devices into the overall SAN fabric. As SANs scale up, data centers are often upgrade and expand the SAN switch infrastructure. In most cases, the s... 

  • 4 Gb Fibre Channel switches product guide

    Switches are used to segregate network traffic, and they are particularly crucial in a storage area network (SAN) to interconnect servers and storage devices into the overall SAN fabric. As SANs scale up over time, data centers are often upgrade and ... 

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  • Fibre Channel HBA hardware specifications

    A host bus adapter (HBA) provides an interface that interconnects servers, switches and storage devices on a fabric. But the selection of an HBA goes far beyond its installation and physical connectivity. Today's HBAs support vastly improved intellig... 

  • Fibre Channel HBA products require serious purchase consideration

    An HBA provides an interface that interconnects servers, switches and storage devices on the fabric. Servers typically employ HBA cards that are inserted into PCI-X or PCIe motherboard expansion slots. The expansion card approach offers a modicum of ... 

  • Integrating iSCSI and FC storage

    Mixing iSCSI with Fibre Channel (FC) allows you to make more efficient use of installed storage capacity, but marrying the two protocols isn't without its challenges. Bringing iSCSI into existing FC SANs raises integration issues and leads to a somew... 

  • Why go to 4 Gbit Fibre Channel if I'm not already using all of my 1 Gbit or 2 Gbit bandwidth?

    Depending on your needs, there may not be a compelling argument to switch to 4 Gbit... 

  • How does IP storage differ from iSCSI, NAS and Fibre Channel?

    Generically, IP storage involves any storage functionality that is leveraging TCP/IP as a network transport...