What are the differences between iFCP and FCIP? When do you use them? Are there any iFCP/FCIP HBAs? Could you use legacy network boards with software initiators (like iSCSI software initiators) to run them?
These are primarily used to connect SANs or remote storage and are not implemented from the server. You would need the switch or multiprotocol router or specialty device to implement the conversion to communicate between the SANs over IP. iFCP translates a Fibre Channel frame to IP and then translates it back after it reaches the destination. FCIP is a tunneling protocol to send FC frames in tact over IP. There are no server HBAs involved in this manner. Look at McDATA's and
's Web sites to get more information.
Read Marc Farley's answer to this question.
Dig Deeper on SAN technology and arrays
Compare SAN and NAS, and find out what to consider when using each storage system format. Object storage and the cloud are also affecting the storage...
Logical unit numbers are a logical abstraction between a physical disk device and applications. Learn more about LUN use cases and LUN security ...
What is the one hidden gotcha that you'd advise users about if they were shopping for an all-flash storage array?