Fibre Channel HBAs

In the Fibre Channel (FC) world, a host bus adapter (HBA) provides an interface that interconnects servers, switches and storage devices on the fabric. Today's HBAs support vastly improved intelligence and data handling capabilities, often implementing proprietary techniques to improve data streaming or use alternate channels to maintain optimum data accessibility. This Guide covers the specific considerations for Fibre Channel HBAs. You'll also find a series of specifications to help make on-the-spot product comparisons between vendors.

Fibre Channel HBA hardware specifications:

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  • Fibre Channel HBA hardware specifications

    Buying Guide -  A host bus adapter (HBA) provides an interface that interconnects servers, switches and storage devices on a fabric. But the selection of an HBA goes far beyond its installation and physical connectivity. Today's HBAs support vastly improved intelligence...

Fibre Channel HBA purchase considerations:

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  • Fibre Channel HBA products require serious purchase consideration

    Buying Guide -  An HBA provides an interface that interconnects servers, switches and storage devices on the fabric. Servers typically employ HBA cards that are inserted into PCI-X or PCIe motherboard expansion slots. The expansion card approach offers a modicum of...

Related information-Fibre Channel HBAs:

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  • HBAs go virtual

    Tech Report -  N_Port ID Virtualization, a new HBA feature, lets you assign different WWNs to each virtual server and determine which applications run on specific hardware and even when they run.

  • Fine-tune storage networks

    Feature -  How key SAN components, principally host bus adapters and switches, are configured will determine overall SAN performance. If you know what to look for and how to make adjustments, performance issues can be greatly reduced.

  • HBA-to-server ratio for high availability

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