Fibre Channel?

From: Pete Turnbull <>
Date: Sun Oct 24 12:22:30 2004

On Oct 24 2004, 11:22, John Foust wrote:
> I recently inherited a stack of Fibre Channel gizmos made by Compaq:
> three x12 hubs, a tape controller, and a Storageworks modular
> data router.
> eBay prices are all over the map: some sellers trying to
> unload them for $1000+, but the real auctions are going for
> less than $50 for each box. Each slot in the hub needs an
> optical transceiver; these seem to sell for $10 each.
> Cables? Many offered, few bidders. FC hard drives? $20 each.
> This stuff cost a fortune not so long ago. Why is it
> rock-bottom now? Will it ever be attractive to hobbyists?

Because serious users have upgraded and the cast-offs aren't very
popular, I suspect. To users who think SCSI is odd, FC probably seems
wierd for words (look at the interface on the back of those drives).
 They also tend to be small and relatively power hungry, compared to
cheap ATA drives, and how many cheap FC-AL PCI cards have you seen for
a PC?

I've got some FC-AL RAID stuff, but it's on an Origin 2000, and anyway
it's all 9GB drives. Hardly something buyers would fight over.

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York
Received on Sun Oct 24 2004 - 12:22:30 BST

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