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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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4.7. SAN Building Blocks

Sections 4.4 and 4.6 provided an overview of Fibre Channel topologies and the Fibre Channel protocol. Continuing with the top-down approach, it is time to consider the various different devices and elements that are used to construct a Fibre Channel SAN. These elements, referred to as the building blocks of a Fibre Channel SAN, are

  • Host bus adapters

  • Fibre Channel cables

  • Connectors

  • Interconnect devices, which include hubs, switches, and fabric switches

All of these are described in Sections 4.7.1 through 4.7.4. Note that all addressable entities on a Fibre Channel SAN have unique World Wide Names. These are analogous to the unique MAC addresses for Ethernet interfaces. In Fibre Channel, the World Wide Name is a unique 64-bit ...

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