Fibre Channel SAN Whitepapers and Ebooks

A Fiber Channel SAN is built on two distinct technologies: the networking technology Fiber Channel, as well as the Storage Area Network, or SAN. Fiber Channel is a bit of a misnomer as it can be implemented with both twisted pair copper wire as well as fiber-optic cables and is simply a communication system similar to the OSI Model. Though it can be used for numerous applications one of its most common uses is to connect devices to create a storage area network. This network is simply an interconnected set of storage devices which is made available to an operating system as though it were locally attached. This differs from NAS (Network Attached Storage) in that there is no file system inherent to the SAN, the operating system provides and maintains the file system itself.

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