Serial Storage Interconnects

Two major serial interconnects are used for storage today: Fibre Channel and SATA. In the rest of this chapter we'll explore how these interconnects work in storage networking products.

Fibre Channel Loops as an Interconnect for Network Storage

While most people think of Fibre Channel strictly as a storage networking technology, it has been implemented very successfully as a device interconnect inside Fibre Channel SAN subsystems. This section does not discuss Fibre Channel as a networking technology, but looks at its use as an interconnect technology.

Fibre Channel Topologies

Fibre Channel has three topologies: fabric, loop, and point-to-point. The most common Fibre Channel topology used in disk subsystems is the ...

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