According to Whatis.com, in a telecommunications network, a switch is a device that channels incoming data from any multiple input port to the specific output port that will take the data toward its intended destination. Basically, it's a technological traffic cop that keeps information traveling across the network from getting all smashed together.
Switches are such an integral part of storage networking, its no surprise that over the years we have had a steady stream of switch-related questions in the Ask the Experts section of SearchStorage.com.
Check out some recent expert responses to reader questions below.
Storage expert Greg Schulz explains why a reader's ports are changing from fabric to loop mode.
Storage expert Greg Schulz discusses how to connect an MSA 1500 to an EVA 4000.
Storage expert Greg Schulz outlines things to consider when choosing switches for a SAN.
SAN expert Greg Schulz discusses single-mode and multimode fiber optic cabling.
Storage expert Greg Schulz offers advice to a reader considering buying high-end storage from two different vendors -- one uses Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop technology and one uses a switched-disk interface.