The Fibre Channel (FC) standard enabled IT managers to scale compute and storage needs independently. Unlike protocols used for direct attach like SCSI, FC’s switch-based architecture has enabled it to become a major player in the data center.

Xilinx technology has been used in the development of hubs, switches, and high-end enterprise storage arrays. This article will summarize FC protocol and discuss Xilinx LogiCORE IP solutions for Fibre Channel.