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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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4.6. Fibre Channel Protocol

Fibre Channel is a set of standards developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Fibre Channel provides a high-performance serial link between host computers and storage units, as well as between storage units themselves. The standard allows for high-speed data transfers in a point-to-point or a loop network. Moreover, Fibre Channel provides all this with complete error checking.

The Fibre Channel standard defines five functional levels: FC-0 through FC-4. These are described in Sections 4.6.1 through 4.6.5. Note that in practical terms, most of the vendors provide for layers FC-0, FC-1, and FC-2 in silicon.

4.6.1. Layer FC-0

Layer FC-0 defines the physical characteristics of the interface and media. ...

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