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Fibre Channel technology has received a tremendous amount of press recently as the storage technology of the present, and of the future. Fibre Channel development was started in 1988, becoming an ANSI standard in 1994. With literally hundreds of manufacturers behind Fibre Channel, it has now thrust into the forefront as THE storage technology for high-speed video, audio, graphics and pre-press applications.

Point-to-point. The simplest storage topology, point-to-point employs a direct connection between the disk array and the host computer.

Loop. This topology employs a Fibre Channel hub to connect multiple hosts (workstations or servers) and storage devices. The 1GBps or 2GBps Fibre Channel bandwidth is shared among all devices connected to the hub. Only two systems can communicate with one another at the same time.

Switched fabric. Similar to an Ethernet infrastructure, this storage topology uses Fibre Channel switches to connect multiple disk arrays and devices. A switched fabric is the most flexible topology, because it allows all the connected hosts (workstations and servers) and storage devices to communicate with one another simultaneously — without sharing bandwidth.

 
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