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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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4.1. The Need for Fibre Channel

In general, Fibre Channel is an attempt to combine the best of both worlds: channels and networks. Channel is a term that was first used in the mainframe world and denotes a structured, defined mechanism for accomplishing data transfer. In most cases the data transfer is between a computer system and a peripheral, such as a disk or tape unit. Well-known examples of channels include SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) and HIPPI (High-Performance Parallel Interface). Channels are typically implemented mostly in hardware.

Compared to a channel, a network is a much more general-purpose mechanism for accomplishing data transfer, and it is much less structured. A network can also typically operate over a much longer ...

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