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Fibre Channel for Mass Storage by Ralph H. Thornburgh

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1.2. What is Fibre Channel?

Fibre Channel is a new communications protocol designed to overcome the limitations of existing architectures. It is a generic data transport mechanism with the primary task of transporting data at the fastest rate possible using current technology. Fibre Channel is a scalable interface for achieving high-speed data transfer rates among heterogeneous systems and peripherals. System types could include supercomputers, mainframes, workstations, and desktops, (personal computers).

Peripherals could include mass storage devices such as disk arrays and possibly tape libraries. The main purpose of Fibre Channel is to have any number of existing protocols over a variety of physical media and existing cable options. The following ...

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