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Local Area High Speed Networks by Dr. Sidnie Feit

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Chapter 22. Fibre Channel

Fibre channel technology was invented to turn a bold thought into reality. The designers believed that the distinction between the LAN protocols and the protocols used to connect a computer to storage peripherals was artificial. They reasoned that if a common technology, physical interface, and protocol framework could be established for both, everyone would benefit:

  • Standardized hardware and drivers would lead to lower prices because of economies of scale.

  • System costs would decrease because many kinds of devices could be accessed through one high-speed port.

  • Technical improvements would be fostered by creating a big market for a standard hardware interface.

Furthermore, fibre channel was designed with a dream wish ...

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