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Old 08-22-2003, 10:20 AM   #1
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Converting my computer to internal fiber channel


I found a buch of hard drives on eBay, but they run on fiber channel. I haven't heard much about fiber channel except Apple uses it for their server networks, and I have never heard of internal fiber channel, but it sounds like a good idea to me. Is there an easy way to allow my computer to run internal fiber channel hard dirves? I'm not sure I'd actually do it, but I'd really like to know about it.

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Old 08-22-2003, 02:11 PM   #2
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It's not cheap, http://www.pricewatch.com/1/44/5593-1.htm , See http://www.fibrechannel.org/ for further info.
I had a optical stuff on my HP system at work, no one knew what it was for, it just worked.
 
Old 08-22-2003, 02:49 PM   #3
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That looks pretty interesting. I'll have to look into that further.
 
Old 08-23-2003, 08:55 PM   #4
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Hello
What you have in mind is commonly referred to as a SAN
Check out: http://www.hitachi.com/storage/
SAN is usually implemented in a two tier server setting where the server is separated from the disk. Fiber channel is closely related to SCSI and in fact the same protocols apply Have you considered an internal SCSI drive?

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Old 08-23-2003, 10:07 PM   #5
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Gee, I didn't know that's what he had in mind, as my crystal ball was broken. He asked about fiber, not SANs. But if you're going to reference anything, try to stay away from Proprietary Solutions, as you can get mis-information from those sources.
See http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/~jain/refs/san_refs.htm if you really need to know about SANS.
 
Old 08-23-2003, 10:22 PM   #6
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Excuse me Mr flame thrower.

http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/
http://www.backupcentral.com/index.html
http://storagemagazine.techtarget.com/

If your crystal ball does not call it SAN what is it?
Please learn me!
 
Old 08-23-2003, 10:46 PM   #7
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You guys are funny.

Thanks for the links. They look like the kind of thing for which I am looking.

Hmmm... Storage magazine? I'm sure the subscribers are the type to convert their old issues to microfiche.

Also, I really don't know much about storage, so even though I have considered SCSI, it wasn't because of any sort of "educated decision" on my part.
 
Old 08-23-2003, 10:54 PM   #8
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My bad I just get a little excited about this storage stuff
Another possibility might serial ATA "SATA" cheap-fast-and-easy to setup.
Later
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Old 08-24-2003, 02:16 AM   #9
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I also get excited...

I'm definately not up-to-speed on SATA, I really had never heard of the thing until a few months ago. I wonder if the technology is worth anything. All that I like right now, is the dropping cost of 120gb IDE hard drives. Can life get any better than $82 dollar 120gb hard drives, not hardly!
http://www.pricewatch.com/


I use scsi ultra-160 drives on my home server. Unless you're a fanatic video burner or engineer, I can't see the expense of scsi on your 'workstation', unless you really got the 'need' for mucho transfer rate. A good quality ide ata100 drive with good interface transfer speed and sustained transfer rate, is sufficient for 99 percent (I had to pick some number) of the households out there in computer land.

Oh my goodness! I was tricked into expressing personal opinions here on this board. I swore to myself that I would keep it factual and to the point. Oh well, I thought a little personal experience would help this person along the trial. :
 
  


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