Category: Storage and hard drive
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: 332KB
Operating System: Windows NT, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows Server
Latest Version / Release Date: 184.108.40.206 / 01 Jul 2000
Fibre Channel can be described as a gigabit speed network technology basically utilized for storage network. Fibre channel has been standardized in the T11 Technical Committee of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS). Fibre channel started being utilized in the supercomputer field though currently, it is being used as a standard connection type for the storage area networks in enterprise storage. Fibre channel signaling can run on fibre optic cables and twisted pair copper wire. On the other hand Fibre channel protocol which is similar the TCP utilized in IP networks transports the SCSI commands through Fibre channel networks. Fibre channel HBAs have been made available for major open systems, buses (including SBUs and PCI) and computer architecture. There are those that are dependent on OS. Every HBA has an exclusive World wide name which looks like Ethernet MAC address and it uses Organizational unique identifier that is assigned by IEEE.
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Fibre channel defines the following ports: the node ports such as N_port, NL_port, F_port, FL_port, E_port, EX_port, and TE_port. General types of ports include Auto or auto-sensing port, Fx-port, G-port or generic port, L_port and U_port. Fibre channels switches can be classified into two groups. The Enterprise Directors usually provide count that is high port in a slot based chassi sand with no single point of failure. The Departmental switches on the other hand are commonly smaller, less redundant and fixed configuration devices. If one fabric consists of one vendor, it should be considered as homogeneous and regarded as operating in its native mode. When multiple vendors are being utilized within one fabric, it is referred to as heterogeneous. The three major fibre channel topologies that describe how a number of ports are linked together: point-to-point arbitrated loop and switched fabric. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and 5000F Fibre Channel errors before installing any driver updates.