Fibre Channel is a technology designed for very high performance low-latency data transfer among various types of devices, as defined by a family of ANSI standards developed by INCITS T11.
Data rates of 100, 200, 400, and 1200M-bytes/sec are defined for fiber optic links up to 50 km and for copper links.
The links are full duplex, providing total bandwidth double the link rate.
Topologies include point-to-point, shared loop, and switched. Fibre Channel is mapped to several protocol layers, the most popular ones being the storage protocols SCSI (FCP) and ESCON (FICON).
Fibre Channel is the principal technology used to implement Storage Area Networks (SANs).
Thanks to Robert Snively for this updated definition.
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