Posted Jul 2, 2004 0:08 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: The Global File System goes full circle
Parent article: The Global File System goes full circle
I think it's veiled in mystery to a small shop because it's immersed in high costs that are impenetrable for the small shop. Fibre channel hardware and software are generally thought of as being practical only for high end shops. Think hundreds or thousands of servers and disks.
This is particularly true now that Ethernet SANs (ISCSI) are becoming more real.
There are no fibre channel NAS (where NAS means file-level networking) systems. Not that there couldn't be; people just don't see the point when Ethernet NAS is doing the job.
Sorry, I don't have an answer the actual question. But I do know that when people demonstrate the high cost of fibre channel, they include the "overpriced training courses" mentioned. They note that it's a lot cheaper to get Ethernet/IP expertise (free, really, since you need that anyway).
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