Though invented in the late ninety’s, Fibre Channel networks
(FCN’s), are taking the world of SAN’s (storage networks) by storm.
Below are ten reasons why upgrading to an FCN is beneficial for some
- Fibre Channel is a fast method of sending data using lasers. An
FCN can reach speeds of up to 20 gigabits per second (GBPS).
- FCN’s are built from the ground up to handle storage requirements,
offering SCSI-based protocol, minimal data loss, and faster data
- FCN requires fewer IO ports, which spells fewer cables, a
reduction in equipment, lower power cost, and much more.
- With volume management software installed, data corruption is much
less likely than today’s Ethernet is capable of..
- FCoE, Fibre Channel over Ethernet, enables FCNs and Ethernet
networks to coexist. This means that the cabling and hardware in place
can still be used. In fact, upgrading to Fibre Channel results in
eliminating a grate deal of equipment.
How to Get Started
- First, decide which parts of the network could benefit from faster
storage access. Catalog the servers and work stations required.
- There are two types of lasers and cables. Copper cabling can be
used for short distances. Using DB9 or HSSDC connectors, copper
cabling can be used for up to 25 meters. Optical cabling can also be
used. This offers higher speeds. Optical cables use SC or duplex SC
connectors and come in two varieties, multi mode, good up to 500
meters, and single mode, good up to 10 KM. both short and long range
lasers are available, short range for multi mode, long for single
mode. The two types of lasers are incompatible. This then is the
perfect time to decide on the technology best suited for the new
- FCN’s can work in several different ways, but the most effective
is to use a switch. This enables machines to talk directly to each
other without impacting network traffic. Alternatively, a hub may be
used to connect the equipment, but bandwidth is shared between all
work stations. A switch or hub are preferred to a loop-based network
because these devices can heal the network if a node (work station)
goes down, whereas a loop network requires all nodes to be up in order
to function. Considering the technologies and connections established
in earlier steps, choose the number of switches to meet the
requirements for the new FCN.
- Next, with the information from the first three points in mind,
purchase the equipment. Install the interface cards in the servers and
work stations, connect the cabling, and test the network.
- After testing the network, consider these ideas.
- Install volume management software to insure against data corruption
- Install hardware for FCoE, connecting the Fibre Channel network to
the remaining computers in the Ethernet network.
- remove the extraneous equipment and recycle it.
Upgrading to a FCN increases productivity in the workplace, as well
as data reliability. removing the unneeded equipment that results from
an upgrade leads to saving on power costs. Recycling this equipment
allows businesses to collect a return on the investment. SMS Assembly
recycles network hardware, offering top dollar for such devices. What better way to