UNH page has an excellent in-depth introduction to FC - all the details.
Ports, layers, media options, all the info, with zero sales pitch. Start here!
The FibreChannel Industry Organization has an excellent
FibreChannel HOWTO is maintained by the GFS team. This has an excellent
discussion of the details of FC, as well as supported Linux cards, recommended
The FibreChannel Interoperability
Lab has some useful information as well.
Sandin Feuss has a website that sells Fibre Channel parts and systems. This is
the same person that did his own T-cards below; I have dealt with him with
Cinoncics sells T-cards that
use cat-5 network cables instead of DB9 or HSSDC. This lowers the costs
of single disks significantly. I've not tried them; the info is from Slashdot.
This page at Overclockers
has instructions (detailed, with source links) for building your own T-cards. It looks quite feasible for those with a soldering iron and some time.
sells FC products, as well as the T-cards needed to run FC without a backplane
or hub, media converters, etc. They have DB9 and PTP T-cards, as well as
any FC cable you want, media converters and GBICs.
Chapparal Tech makes our RAID
controllers. We use the K7413 model.
Adaptec also made RAID controllers
for FC, which they've since sold to Chapparal. We are using one of their
AEC-7412B models. Go
here for information on the AEC series.
TeamExcess seems to have a stock
of super-cheap QLogic and Emulex FC cards, for $150 to $250. Get 'em while
The Ancot FC analyzer
we've got ordered.
The Penquin RAID case that
I'm using at home. SAF-TE support via an embedded microcontroller, triple
150W power supplies, LCD monitor, it's awesome!
Vixel Tech makes the FC hub that I
just got on Ebay. It's a model
1063 with 7 ports, OEM'd by Compaq. Nice piece of hardware.
Software and Drivers
The scsiadd program is useful for re-scanning the FC loop if something is added after the driver is loaded. By default, Linux does not add any disks that weren't present at driver load. Most annoying, but scsiadd does an OK job. As you might guess from the name, it works on
any scsi bus supported by Linux.
Qlogic drivers for Linux are included in the kernel since at least version
2.2. Under Drivers / SCSI, enable 'qlogicfc' and BoB's your uncle.
QLogic drivers for non-Linux systems can be found on the
QLOgic web site.
Emulex drivers and utils
Interphase drivers and support
Cool Other Links
Sandin Feuss figured
out how to build his own T-cards, to use FC disks cheaply on a local machine.
Introduction / HOWTO: Fibre Channel
FC at CDF page
FC at home page
FC at home, part two - chassis and tapes
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