3.2.4 Fibre Channel Storage Attached Network

Functionally, a fibre channel SAN is hardly different from an iSCSI SAN. Fibre channel is actually older technology and uses dedicated hardware instead: special controllers on the SAN hardware, host bus adapters or HBAs on the client machines, and special fibre channel cables and switches to interconnect the components.

Like iSCSI, a Fibre Channel SAN transfers SCSI commands between initiators and targets establishing a connectivity that is almost identical to direct disk access. However, whereas iSCSI uses TCP/IP, a Fibre Channel SAN uses Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP). The same concepts from the iSCSI SAN, as described in Section 3.2.3, “iSCSI Storage Attached Network”, apply equally to the Fibre Channel SAN. Again, generic and vendor-specific Storage Connect plug-ins exist. Your storage hardware supplier can provide proper documentation with the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in.