Friday, October 07, 2005

Fibre Channel

Fibre Channel

Like Ethernet or ATM, Fibre Channel is a networking standard that is
designed to move data through specific devices at specific speeds.
Fibre Channel is used primarily for server backbones and as a way of
attaching a server to a storage device, such as a RAID array or a tape
backup device. In fact, Fibre Channel is the architecture of choice
for many storage area networks.

Many IT pros find that Fibre Channel is an answer to their storage
prayers. Since a company's data grows daily, each night the system is
backing up a little bit more data than the night before. Thus, the
window for completing the backup tends to shrink a little bit each
year. The only way to back up more data in less time is to get a
faster storage device and a faster medium for transmitting the data
from the server to the storage device. In production networks, Fibre
Channel products have been able to accomplish a sustained transfer
rate of 97 MB per second when backing up large files. Companies that
use Fibre Channel on database servers have reported these servers can
handle tens of thousands of I/Os per second due to Fibre Channel
technology.

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