Fibre Channel

Originating in supercomputing, Fibre Channel has become a leading platform for gigabit-speed data transfer in enterprise storage and data center solutions. Fibre Channel signals can run on fiber-optic cables or twisted-pair copper wire, relying on the Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) transport protocol, which predominantly sends SCSI commands over the FC network. Fibre Channel can support direct or switched fabric connections.


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The Where, Why and How of Hybrid Storage

The key goal is to maximize flash’s utility without wearing it down.

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Heady Days for Storage Optimization

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