On Mon, 27 Sep 2004, John Moylan wrote:
> interested in hearing from anyone how has use Fibre Channel with
> Linux. Emulex seem to be very well supported and not too expensive.
Proprietary driver though, whether that bothers you or not....
There's also QLogic, which are open drivers, supported by RedHat.
I wasnt particularly impressed with the driver, which had hard to
pin-down stability issues, might very well have been due to the
host-hardware though, it was only unstable on AMD boxes, however the
driver did not deal well at all with errors/failures, and was weak, i
felt. Apparently it's been rewritten for 2.6 to deal with the issues
it had, never got to try it though.
The one thing about Fibre-Channel is, despite the technical
advantages, you're in a very rarified atmosphere, far far away from
commodity land. Make sure you have someone who will take ultimate
responsibility if there are problems. (getting caught between two
vendors, storage box and host-bus adapter vendor, is a bitter
experience, given the prices).
And if you can find a commodity solution that does the job, go with
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