Belnet Fiber Channel - Technical FAQ

What is Fiber Channel?
What is the DWDM protocol?
How to guarantee a minimum data loss?
Which platform can I use?
What conditions are required when choosing a platform?
What is the speed capacity?
Why do we recommend Fiber Channel instead of the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)?

What is Fiber Channel?

If your data are spread across two or more storage sites, geographically dispersed and connected via dark fibre to the Belnet network, Fibre Channel will ensure a better connection between your servers and storage systems. This service is the right solution for optimizing your storage network, accessibility and data sharing.

What is the DWDM protocol?

Once you are connected to the Belnet network by the Fibre Channel service, your data will be transferred using a dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) protocol.

This system, which is used on the Belnet network, allows you to exchange a large amount of data over a long distance thanks to efficient wavelength division multiplexing. This technique involves passing several wavelength signals through a single optical fibre.

How to guarantee a minimum data loss?

For the implementation of the Fibre Channel service, Belnet offers the solution that is most suited to your network. To guarantee you minimum data loss, the service can be implemented redundantly.

Thus, despite problems that might occur on one of your connections, Belnet assures you optimal pooling of your storage resources due to guaranteed fast recovery.

Which platform can I use?

Fiber Channel can be implemented on two platforms, namely, the two optical platformsALU NOKIA 1830PSS and Ciena 6500.

What conditions are required when choosing a platform?

  • PoP locations.
  • The available resources in the field (XFPs and available bandwidth in the 100 GB range in the case of Ciena 6500).

What is the speed capacity?

Belnet offers you a high-speed capacity; 2 Gbit/s, 4 Gbit/s, 8 Gbit/s, 16 Gbit/s are possible.

Why do we recommend Fiber Channel instead of the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)?

Previously, it was common sense to implement the SCSI, but Fiber Channel technology is faster, more reliable and less expensive. As Fiber Channel is a serial interface, it is not subject to distance, speed and scalability restrictions. Fiber Channel also responds to the characteristics of today’s demands.

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