Fibre Channel Products Information

Fibre channel products include hubs, directors, servers, and adapters that use fibre channel technology, a high-speed, serial data transfer architecture that uses links of twisted-pair, coaxial, or fiber optic cable. Small computer system interface (SCSI) devices can use fibre channel arbitrated loop (FC-AL), the most popular fibre channel typology. Using optical fiber, FC-AL supports full-duplex data transfer rates of 100 Mbps. Eventually, FC-AL or a similar fibre channel product is expected to replace SCSI in high-performance storage systems.

Fibre channel products for storage area networks (SANs) include many types of switches, hubs, gateways, and bridges along with fibre channel cables, that help system administrators develop robust storage options for networks. Fibre channel products enable network administrators to mitigate problems with performance, distance between devices, back-up and restoration of data, bandwidth, and security. Fibre channel products enable storage area network designers to mix and match compatible devices from many vendors to customize a solution to a particular problem.

Fibre channel products play an important role in the performance, stability and security of storage area networks (SANs). A fibre channel storage system typically comprises a series of devices, including optical cables and adapters, switches, and drives. A fibre channel switch enhances the performance of database servers by providing the faster switching of data. A fibre channel adapter may work as a converter for a SCSI interface.

Fibre channel products include fibre channel drives and drive arrays, which are designed for use in multiple drive systems such as servers. A fibre channel drive is hot swappable, meaning it can be removed and replaced with the host system up and running. A series of fibre channel drives or arrays are used to increase a storage area network’s performance. Fibre channel arrays are common in large server configurations and the redundant array of independent disks (RAID) storage systems.