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Fast Guide: Advanced Fibre Channel

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.


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.



TABLE OF CONTENTS
   Strategies
   Cost concerns
   Working with FC
   Protocols
   The future

  Strategies  Return to Table of Contents

  Cost concerns  Return to Table of Contents
  • SAN-in-a-box: Fibre Channel performance at iSCSI prices?
    SAN kits for SMBs may provide a viable alternative to IP-based technologies ... provided that they can deliver FC performance at something approaching iSCSI ease-of-use.

  • ISCSI bites into the price of Fibre Channel
    In this interview, Randy Kerns, senior partner with the Evaluator Group shares some common misconceptions about iSCSI.

  • Can cheap Fibre Channel HBAs stave off iSCSI
    Fibre Channel SANs are everywhere in enterprise data centers, but complexity and price have kept them out of the small-to-medium-sized enterprise .

  • Firm to offer low-cost iSCSI controller, HBAs
    Moving storage with the iSCSI protocol has been heralded as easier and cheaper than constructing a Fibre Channel (FC) SAN. But is iSCSI as cheap as vendors claim, or does it come closer to a FC price tag than they would have you believe?

  • Deals abound for high-end storage
    Think high-end storage is out of your reach? Maybe not. Conversations with several storage buyers recently suggest that vendors are scrambling to give buyers the best possible deals.

  Working with FC  Return to Table of Contents

  Protocols  Return to Table of Contents

  The future  Return to Table of Contents
  • 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.

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