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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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4.4. Fibre Channel Topologies

Sections 4.4.1 through 4.4.3 describe the different topologies that enable interconnection of all the various elements that constitute a Fibre Channel SAN. From least to most complicated, the three different topologies are point to point, arbitrated loop, and switched fabric.

4.4.1. Point to Point

Fibre Channel may be configured with a point-to-point topology. In this case typically a server is connected to a dedicated storage subsystem. There is no data sharing. Figure 4.1 illustrates a point-to-point network.

Figure 4.1. Fibre Channel Point-to-Point Topology

To implement a Fibre Channel point-to-point topology, ...

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