The Many Dimensions of Fibre Channel Interoperability

Interoperability is a primary basis for the predictable behavior of a Fibre Channel (FC) SAN.  There are many dimensions to interoperability, from the physical layer, optics, and cables; to port type and protocol; to server, storage, and switch fabric operating systems versions; standards and feature implementation compatibility; and to use case topologies based on the connectivity protocol (F-port, N-Port, NP-port, E-port, TE-port, D-port).  On August 23rd, we will dive into these many dimensions at our next live FCIA webcast “Fibre Channel Interoperability.”

FC interoperability implies standards conformance by definition. Interoperability also implies exchanges between a range of products, or similar products from one or several different suppliers, or even between past and future revisions of the same products. Interoperability may be developed as a special measure between two products, while excluding the rest, by using standards. When a supplier is forced to adapt its system to a system that is not based on standards, it is not interoperability but only compatibility.  Every FC hardware and software supplier publishes an interoperability matrix and per product conformance based on having validated conformance, compatibility, and interoperability.

In this webcast, FCIA experts will delve into the many aspects of FC interoperability, discussing:

  • Standards and conformance
  • Validation of conformance and interoperability
  • FC-NVMe conformance and interoperability
  • Interoperability matrices
  • Multi-generational interoperability
  • Use case examples of interoperability

Register today to save you spot for August 23rd. Our experts will be available to answer your questions on the spot.

2018-07-12T10:34:26+00:00 July 10th, 2018|

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