This latest update to the Fibre Channel Consultant series continues the tradition of providing comprehensive information on Fibre Channel technology. Newly updated with a major revision for 2007 to include virtual fabrics, inter-fabric routing and other changes to the standards, this valuable resource provides thorough and up-to-the minute discussions of Fibre Channel switched fabric topology. Fibre Channel Switched Fabric is the first reference text other than the standards. It's an in-depth examination of the Fibre Channel fabric including concepts, addressing, initialization, principal switch selection, routing concepts and protocols, path selection, and switching constructs. In addition, this book explores the rich set of functions found in switched fabric environments including the Name Server, Management Server, Alias Server, and the commands and protocol used to access the services. Most important, Fibre Channel Switched Fabric provides understandable explanations and practical guidelines for working with complex technology. As with its predecessors in the Fibre Channel Consultant series, this book will quickly become your gotta-have resource.