Configuration of Fibre Channel

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2002-05-15 Print this article Print

Storage Networks"> The vast majority of current Fibre Channel implementations are Direct Attached Storage implementations like the one we set up in our tutorial above. While these are suitable for high performance storage for a single server, the biggest benefit of SANs are their ability to centralize storage into a shareable pool which all servers can utilize. The biggest obstacle to centralized storage is not Fibre Channel or the software created to manage it--the problems come from server operating systems. Since operating systems like Microsofts Windows 2000 and Sun Microsystems Solaris arent designed to share storage with other servers, SAN hardware and software needs to be used to ensure that servers only have the ability to use assigned SAN storage resources.
Currently there are three major methods for controlling hosts and storage resources in a SAN:
  1. Zoning
  2. LUN Masking
  3. Storage Virtualization

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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