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Fibre Channel for Mass Storage by Ralph H. Thornburgh

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1.3. Fibre Channel for Mass Storage

Since Fibre Channel is a generic data transport mechanism, Fibre Channel can transmit a number of existing networking and I/O protocols:

I/O protocols:

  • SCSI

  • HIPPI

  • IPI

Network protocols:

  • IP

  • IEEE 802.2

Hewlett-Packard has chosen to support the SCSI-3 protocol over Fibre Channel for its mass storage environment. Mass storage consists of several device classes:

  • tapes

  • disks

  • disk arrays

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