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Fibre Channel nodes

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SolidFire Fibre Channel nodes provide connectivity to a Fibre Channel switch, which you can connect to Fibre Channel clients. Fibre Channel nodes act as a protocol converter between the Fibre Channel and iSCSI protocols; this enables you to add Fibre Channel connectivity to any new or existing SolidFire cluster.

Fibre Channel nodes have the following characteristics:

  • Fibre Channel switches manage the state of the fabric, providing optimized interconnections.

  • The traffic between two ports flows through the switches only; it is not transmitted to any other port.

  • Failure of a port is isolated and does not affect operation of other ports.

  • Multiple pairs of ports can communicate simultaneously in a fabric.