Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Fibre Channel (FC) are protocols of growing importance. GbE covers both Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) applications. It is also aggressively addressing Storage Area Networks (SAN) via Storage-over-IP protocols. FC, both 1 and 2 Gbit/s, also shows a strong increase in deployment and will remain an important protocol for storage applications. Several different solutions for providing GbE and FC services exist that depend on the applications as well as on existing infrastructure. This document aims at describing the most relevant generic GbE and FC applications as well as the most appropriate solutions for providing the corresponding services. It also considers the upgrades to 10GbE and 10G-FC respectively, both in applications and solutions.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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