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Fibre Channel for Mass Storage by Ralph H. Thornburgh

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1.4. Advantages of Fibre Channel for Mass Storage

There are some definite advantages to using Fibre Channel over other architectures. Although this is not an all-inclusive list, these are the major advantages:

1.4.1. Distance

Hewlett-Packard supports up to 10,000 meters (10km) between the computer (or system) and the peripheral. What this means is that between the computer and the peripheral there can be a distance of 10 kilometers. The next section, “ Topologies,” will describe this in more detail, however, the distance advantage is an excellent solution for the campus-type environment.

1.4.2. Speed

Fibre Channel permits a theoretical speed of up to 4000 Mbps. (As mentioned previously Hewlett Packard supports 1063 Mbps.) Speeds depend greatly ...

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