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Fast Guide to VoIP

Fast Guide to VoIP

Maryann Tripp, Assistant Editor Are you a Fibre Channel newbie, or just trying to get a solid grasp of the basics? This Fast Guide to Fibre Channel basics has everything you need to get up-to-speed on the speediest (not to mention one of the most expensive) of the storage interconnects. Also included in this guide: The pros and cons of FC, new developments in low-cost FC and comparisions with other storage protocols.

   Beginner's Fibre Channel
   Evaluating network protocols
   Pros/cons of Fibre Channel
   The new wave: Low-cost Fibre Channel
   Latest Fibre Channel news/developments
   Library of SAN/NAS tips

  Beginner's Fibre Channel  Return to Table of Contents
  • Glossary Definition: Fibre Channel

  • Whatis FCIP?

  • Whatis the FCIA?

  • SAN School Lesson 3: What makes a SAN go?
    Understanding the performance aspects of a SAN can help you begin to see where the benefits lie. This lesson is devoted to the inner workings of a SAN, such as latency issues, Fibre Channel protocols, WWN and how the SAN fabric works.

   Evaluating network protocols  Return to Table of Contents

   Pros/cons of Fibre Channel  Return to Table of Contents

   The new wave: Low-cost Fibre Channel  Return to Table of Contents
  • Tip: Can cheap Fibre Channel HBAs stave off iSCSI?

  • If you can hold off your HBA purchases, you'll be well served. Analysts say the price of FC HBAs should be slashed in half in the next 12-18 months. Another factor -- the emergence of iSCSI will put more pressure on the HBA. What is the future of HBAs especially when the big boys of storage deliver native iSCSI storage? Find out here.
  • Article: Is low-cost Fibre Channel finally here?

  • A lot can happen in a couple of years. Two years ago, storage salespeople's unofficial modus operandi was to ignore storage area network (SAN) buyers that didn't have at least $250,000 to spend. Now, a new Fibre Channel (FC) switch from QLogic, the SANbox 5200, has a street price of under $500/port.
  • Article: IBM gets back to iSCSI with entry-level server

  • With midsized businesses on its mind, Big Blue debuts low-priced servers that support both iSCSI and Fibre Channel.
  • Article: HP drops midrange prices

  • In an effort to win back market share among enterprise users, HP has introduced a SAN starter kit for the Enterprise Virtual>

   Latest Fibre Channel news/developments  Return to Table of Contents
  • Article: Brocade zones in on patents

  • Brocade has landed a couple of patents, one for soft zoning -- a term that has caused some confusion in the industry.
  • Article: Fibre committee guarantees users more speed

  • The FCIA has approved 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, but are they going too fast?
  • Article: Switched disks perform more tricks

  • A wave of new storage arrays with fabric as opposed to loop-based switches inside should improve performance.
  • Article: Apple's SAN file system turns heads

  • Apple has announced the pricing of its upcoming SAN file system, and it's alarmingly low.
  • Webcast: Where Fibre Channel is headed

  • The near future will see a lot of confusion in FC bandwidth options, with 4, 8 and ultimately 10GB coming on the market. At the same time, HBA prices are under pressure. And what's being done to improve HBA manageability and interoperability? Marc Staimer, Founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting, examines these issues.

   Additional resources  Return to Table of Contents

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Great guide! Very detailed. Thank you for this!