FCIP vs. iFCP quiz

Are you familiar with the pros and cons of FCIP and iFCP? Both can be used to route FC data over IP networks, but which is more easily implemented and which one reduces overall availability? Every protocol has its ups and downs so take our quick FCIP/iFCP quiz and see which one stacks up.

Are you familiar with the pros and cons of FCIP and iFCP? Both can be used to route FC data over IP networks, but which is more easily implemented and which one reduces overall availability? Every protocol has its ups and downs so take our quick FCIP/iFCP quiz and see which one stacks up.


1. Hardware manufacturers have a history of providing LAN/WAN professional services.
Which is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

2. A relatively simple protocol to engineer into application-specific integrated circuits.
Which is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

3. Loss of LAN/WAN connectivity won't cause fabric reconfigurations.
Which is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

4. Each point-to-point connection reduces overall availability.
Which is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

5. Adding new fabrics doesn't affect overall availability.
Which is it? -- FCIP or iFCP??

6. Relies entirely on IP for networking.
Which is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

7. Loss of point-to-point connection will cause fabric reconfigurations.
Which is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

8. Easily implemented after gateway IPs are assigned.
What is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

9. Each segment has a complete set of Fibre Channel services.
What is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

10. SAN scalability still tied to Fibre Channel networking limitations.
Which is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

11. All state change broadcasts are transmitted across all WAN links.
What is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

12. Has a single set of Fibre Channel services, such as the name server.
What is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

13. Protocol implementation is complex.
What is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

14. Only one switch vendor champions this protocol.
What is it -- FCIP or iFCP?

This content first appeared in Storage magazine.

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This was first published in April 2006

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