Fibre Channel Fabrics
Fibre Channel fabrics are non-blocking switches that allow full connectivity
between all ports. Not all switches support all different classes of services
Devices using Arbitrated Loop can also be used to connect devices without
a fabric. It will give a lower total throughput, but has the advantage
that full connectivity is preserved with a lower investment.
Fibre Channel fabrics are or will be available from the following manufacturers:
Systran makes a Network
Transparent Switch that can be used for low frequency reconfiguration
of Fibre Channel and other networks. This product cannot be considered
as a Fibre Channel fabric as it does not comply to any FC switch specification.
ANCOR Fibre Channel switches
have 8 to 64 ports and port speeds of 266 Mbps and 1062 Mbps. They are
called FCS 266 Fibre Switch 16, FCS 266 Fibre Switch 64 and FCS 1062 Fibre
Switch 16 dependent on the port speeds and number of ports.
Contact: Ancor Communications
Contact: Arcxel Technologies - 6-Aug-1997
1 Gbps ports
Class 1, 2 and 3 support
Contact: Brocade Communications Systems
1 Gbps ports
Class 2 and 3 support
Base configuration of eight ports that can transfer data at up to 266 Mbit
per second. The switch is expandable to 16 ports. IBM's switches have identical
characteristics as the Ancor switches.
Contact: IBM - 7-Jul-1997
Marketing of the McDATA quarter-speed Fibre Channel switch, Model DS-1000
[the HP Model 266 switch] will continue from the McDATA office in Canada.
Hewlett Packard does not produce any Fibre Channel switches anymore.
The Model DS-1000 supports up to sixteen (16) full duplex I/O ports and
features support for 266 Mbps/port, low latency, class 2 and 3 fabric services,
broadcast, and high availability fabric meshing. It is designed to operate
in heterogeneous computing environments.
To obtain information about McDATA's upcoming high-availability Fibre Channel
switches and open preliminary dialogs, interested parties must first sign
a McDATA Confidential Non-Disclosure Agreement. Contact McDATA's Business
Development Group. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: McData - 7-Jul-1997
CERN - High Speed Interconnect
Erik van der Bij - 6 August
1997 - Disclaimer