Fibre Channel Terms Explained
Fibre Channel is a high-performance connection standard designed for bi-directional, serial data communication between servers, mass storage subsystems, and peripherals through hubs, switches, and point-to-point connections. Fibre Channel provides long-distance connectivity and the high bandwidth needed to move large data files between server and storage. It is ideal for storage area networks, computer clusters, and other data intensive computing configurations.
It is an open standard defined by ANSI and it operates over both copper and fiber optic cable and is capable of supporting multiple protocols besides SCSI. The high-speed data transfer rate of Fibre Channel makes it ideal for storage.
Fibre Channel Class Of
Fibre Channel Class Note
Some common Fibre Channel applications include LAN-Free Backup, Clustering, Storage Consolidation and Storage Virtualization. As the storage requirements and information needs of companies continue to expand, these applications are becoming increasingly common and of higher importance.
This solution removes backup traffic from the LAN, requires no dedicated backup server, and data is copied only once.
Failover Software is a the ability to switch I/O control of a shared target device from a failed data path connection to a viable data path within the same server. Adaptec offers this feature through Fibre Channel Inspector with Failover Software (p/n 1915100). This product will respond to data path failures without interrupting server operations and minimizes downtime. It's also transparent to the operating system and does not require any administration.
Dynamic Load Balancing is a performance enhancing feature available through Fibre Channel Inspector with Failover Software. This feature eliminates bottlenecks by optimizing the flow of data from a server to shared service by efficiently routing I/O traffic depending on specific HBA loads. It determines the most likely path for successful I/O transfer and sends I/O to that path, effectively balancing the load between two HBAs in a single server.
What is a GBIC or SFP
GBIC = GigaBit Interface Converter:- an
interface module which converts the light stream from a fibre channel cable into
electronic signals for use by the network interface card.
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