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Fibre Channel HBA hardware specifications

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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 and data handling capabilities, often implementing proprietary techniques to improve data streaming or use alternate channels to maintain optimum data accessibility. The product snapshots in this chapter highlight key specifications for a cross-section of popular HBA products. The following products were selected based on input from industry analysts and SearchStorage.com editors, and specifications are current as of February 2007.

The following specifications have been provided by vendors and are periodically updated. Vendors are welcome to submit their updates and new product specifications to Matt Perkins.

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  • Atto Technology Inc.; Celerity FC-44ES HBA
  • Atto Technology Inc.; Celerity FC-42ES HBA
  • Emulex; LPe11002/LPe11000/LPe1150 PCI Express 4Gb/s HBAs
  • LSI Logic Corp.; LSI7404XP-LC HBA
  • LSI Logic Corp.; LSI7204XP-LC HBA
  • LSI Logic Corp.; LSI7404EP-LC HBA
  • LSI Logic Corp.; LSI7204EP-LC HBA
  • QLogic Corp.; QLE2462/QLE2460 4Gbps FC HBAs
  • QLogic Corp.; QLA2462/QLA2460 4Gbps FC HBAs

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    Product: ATTO Technology Inc.; Celerity FC-44ES HBA

    Available Ports: 4 independent FC ports
    Technology: Fibre Channel Host Adapter Ports, Optical
    Topologies Supported: Supports all FC topologies: direct fabric, arbitrated loop and point-to-point
    Throughput per Channel: 800 MB/s maximum full-duplex throughput per channel
    Backward Compatibility: Backward compatible with 2 Gb and 1 Gb legacy Fibre channel products
    Interface: PCIe interface
    SNIA HBA API Support: Yes; the FC-44ES supports SNIA HBA API
    Special Enhancements: Exclusive Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) Technology, a combination of related features that provides controlled acceleration of data transfers moving large amounts of data faster and more efficiently
    Operating Systems: Windows Vista, Server 2003, XP, 2000, Red Hat Linux (2.4 and 2.6 kernel) SUSE Linux (2.6 kernel) Mac OS X (10.04x) Novell Netware 605, Solaris 9 & 10, Free BSD
    Other Features: RoHS Compliant
    System Requirements: None
    Vendor Comment: ATTO Celerity Host Adapters are an integrated family of advanced storage connectivity solutions that are designed to provide reliable connectivity, intelligence and scalability
    Availability: Currently available
    Base Cost: $2,995.00 USD
    Detailed Specs: http://www.attotech.com/celerityFC-44ES.html
    Vendor URL: www.attotech.com

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    Product: ATTO Technology Inc.; Celerity FC-42ES HBA

    Available Ports: 2 independent FC ports
    Technology: Fibre Channel Host Adapter Ports, Optical
    Topologies Supported: Supports all FC topologies: direct fabric, arbitrated loop and point-to-point
    Throughput per Channel: 800 MB/s maximum full-duplex throughput per channel
    Backward Compatibility: Backward compatible with 2 Gb and 1 Gb legacy Fibre channel products
    Interface: PCIe interface
    SNIA HBA API Support: Yes; the FC-42ES supports SNIA HBA API
    Special Enhancements: Exclusive Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) Technology, a combination of related features that provides controlled acceleration of data transfers moving large amounts of data faster and more efficiently
    Operating Systems: Windows Vista, Server 2003, XP, 2000, Red Hat Linux (2.4 and 2.6 kernel) SUSE Linux (2.6 kernel) Mac OS X (10.04x) Novell Netware 605, Solaris 9 & 10, Free BSD
    Other Features: RoHS Compliant
    System Requirements: None
    Vendor Comment: ATTO Celerity Host Adapters are an integrated family of advanced storage connectivity solutions that are designed to provide reliable connectivity, intelligence and scalability.
    Availability: Currently available
    Base Cost: $1,495.00 USD
    Detailed Specs: http://www.attotech.com/celerityFC-42ES.html
    Vendor URL: www.attotech.com

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    Product: Emulex; LPe11002/LPe11000/LPe1150 PCI Express 4Gb/s HBAs

    Available Ports: The LPe11002 has two Fibre Channel ports and the LPe11000 and LPe1150 have one port.
    Technology: Fibre Channel with fiber optic media interface
    Topologies Supported: All topologies – auto detect – point-to-point, prbitrated loop and fabric
    Throughput per Channel: 4 Gb Fibre Channel links support up to 800 MB/s full-duplex throughput per port.
    Backward Compatibility: 4 Gb/s, 2 Gb/s and 1 Gb/s Fibre Channel link speeds are automatically detected.
    Interface: PCIe x4
    SNIA HBA API Support: Yes
    Special Enhancements: Special enhancements for improved reliability and performance include frame-level multiplexing, out-of order frame reassembly, end-to-end data protection with hardware parity, CRE, ECC and other advanced error checking, beaconing support, detailed real-time event logging and tracing, and universal Boot capability.
    Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Linux, and VMware for the LPe11002, LPe11000 and LPe1150. NetWare, Solaris, and HP-UX with the LPe11002 and LPe11000.
    Other Features: N-Port ID Virtualization. Additional features include integrated data buffer and code space memory. Emulex HBAs also include feature-rich software that simplifies and speeds deployment and device management, such as HBAnyware, AutoPilot Installer and AutoPilot Manager.
    System Requirements: Additional power and environmental requirements include: +3.3 volts, 0° to 55°C (32° to 131°F) operating temperature, 100 lf/m airflow, -40° to 70°C (-40° to 158°F) storage temperature and 5% to 95% non-condensing relative humidity. Emulex LPe11000/LPe11002/LP1150 HBAs conform to short, low profile MD2 form factor and ship with both standard and low profile brackets.
    Vendor Comment: Streamlined installation and management, unrivaled scalability, and industry-leading virtualization support make the single-channel Emulex LightPulse LPe11000/LPe1150 and dual-channel LPe11002 ideal solutions for enterprise and mixed-OS SAN environments. With powerful management tools and broad platform support, they deliver maximum performance in the broadest range of applications and environments.
    Availability: Currently available
    Base Cost: OEM pricing varies
    Detailed Specs: http://www.emulex.com/products/hba/e11002/ds.jsp
    Vendor URL: www.emulex.com

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    Product: LSI Logic Corp.; LSI7404XP-LC HBA

    Available Ports: 4 ports
    Technology: Fibre Channel; Optical
    Topologies Supported: point-to-point and loop
    Throughput per Channel: 800 MB/s full duplex
    Backward Compatibility: 1 Gb/s, 2 Gb/s
    Interface: PCI-X
    SNIA HBA API Support: Yes
    Special Enhancements: Yes; high MTBF, LSI Fusion-MPT architecture
    Operating Systems: All major OS
    Other Features: High performance
    System Requirements: None
    Vendor Comment: This affordable quad channel 4 Gb/s host bus adapter offers twice the performance of 2 Gb/s at a small premium. The LSI7404XP-LC is fully compatible with 1 and 2 Gb/s legacy products, thus protecting your investment.
    Availability: Currently available
    Base Cost: Not provided
    Detailed Specs: http://www.lsi.com/storage_home/products_home/host_bus_adapters/fibre_channel_hbas/lsi7404xplc/index.html
    Vendor URL: www.lsi.com

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    Product: LSI Logic Corp.; LSI7204XP-LC HBA

    Available Ports: 2 ports
    Technology: Fibre Channel; Optical
    Topologies Supported: point-to-point and loop
    Throughput per Channel: 800 MB/s full duplex
    Backward Compatibility: 1 Gb/s, 2 Gb/s
    Interface: PCI-X
    SNIA HBA API Support: Yes
    Special Enhancements: Yes; high MTBF, LSI Fusion-MPT architecture
    Operating Systems: All major OS
    Other Features: None
    System Requirements: None
    Vendor Comment: This affordable dual-channel 4 Gb/s host bus adapter (HBA) offers twice the performance of 2 Gb/s at a small premium. Since the LSI7204XP-LC is fully compatible with 1 and 2 Gb/s legacy products, you are assured of investment protection.
    Availability: Currently available
    Base Cost: Not provided
    Detailed Specs: http://www.lsi.com/storage_home/products_home/host_bus_adapters/fibre_channel_hbas/lsi7204xplc/index.html
    Vendor URL: www.lsi.com

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    Product: LSI Logic Corp.; LSI7404EP-LC HBA

    Available Ports: 4 ports
    Technology: Fibre Channel; Optical
    Topologies Supported: point-to-point and loop
    Throughput per Channel: 800 MB/s full duplex
    Backward Compatibility: 1 Gb/s, 2 Gb/s
    Interface: PCIe
    SNIA HBA API Support: Yes
    Special Enhancements: Yes; high MTBF, LSI Fusion-MPT architecture, EEDP, CRC
    Operating Systems: All major OS
    Other Features: High performance
    System Requirements: None
    Vendor Comment: This affordable quad-channel 4 Gb/s host bus adapter offers twice the performance of 2 Gb/s at a small premium. The 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel PCI Express adapter series was created to fulfill virtually any storage connection need or environment, whether data mining, video and media streaming, or providing high availability.
    Availability: Shipping March 2007
    Base Cost: Not provided
    Detailed Specs: http://www.lsi.com/storage_home/products_home/host_bus_adapters/fibre_channel_hbas/lsi7404eplc/index.html
    Vendor URL: www.lsi.com

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    Product: LSI Logic Corp.; LSI7204EP-LC HBA

    Available Ports: 2 ports
    Technology: Fibre Channel; Optical
    Topologies Supported: point-to-point and loop
    Throughput per Channel: 800 MB/s full duplex
    Backward Compatibility: 1 Gb/s, 2 Gb/s
    Interface: PCIe
    SNIA HBA API Support: Yes
    Special Enhancements: Yes; high MTBF, LSI Fusion-MPT architecture
    Operating Systems: All major OS
    Other Features: None
    System Requirements: None
    Vendor Comment: This affordable dual-channel 4Gb/s host bus adapter offers twice the performance of 2Gb/s at a small premium. The 4Gb/s Fibre Channel PCI Express adapter series was created to fulfill virtually any storage connection need or environment, whether data mining, video and media streaming, or providing high availability.
    Availability: Shipping March 2007
    Base Cost: Not provided
    Detailed Specs: http://www.lsi.com/storage_home/products_home/host_bus_adapters/fibre_channel_hbas/lsi7204eplc/index.html
    Vendor URL: www.lsi.com

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    Product: QLogic Corp.; QLE2462/QLE2460 4Gbps FC HBAs

    Available Ports: QLE2462 (Dual-port) and QLE2460 (Single-port)
    Technology: Fibre Channel - Optical
    Topologies Supported: Point-to-point, Arbitrated Loop and Switched Fabric
    Throughput per Channel: Up to 800MB/s per port (Full-duplex)
    Backward Compatibility: Backwards compatible with 2Gb/s and 1Gb/s Fibre Channel products
    Interface: PCIe x4
    SNIA HBA API Support: Yes
    Special Enhancements: Intelligent interleaved DMA (iiDMA) ensures maximum utilization of data links. Out-of-order frame reassembly (OoOFR) reduces congestion and retransmissions.
    Operating Systems: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000, Windows XP, VMware, Mac OS X, SuSe Linux, Re Hat Linux, Netware, Solaris
    Other Features: N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) and Virtual Fabric (VF) enabled platform to complement server virtualization solutions. NPIV and VF technologies increase overall security and management flexibility of SAN resources.
    System Requirements: None
    Vendor Comment: QLogic's Fibre Channel HBAs provide the High Performance, Superior Scalability and Enhanced Reliability. QLogic's HBAs are the #1 selling Fibre Channel HBAs in the industry.
    Availability: Currently available
    Base Cost: See http://www.qlogic.com/buyqlogic/
    Detailed Specs: http://www.qlogic.com/products/fc_san_hostadapers.asp
    Vendor URL: www.qlogic.com

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    Product: QLogic Corp.; QLA2462/QLA2460 4Gbps FC HBAs

    Available Ports: QLA2462 (Dual-port) and QLA2460 (Single-port)
    Technology: Fibre Channel - Optical
    Topologies Supported: Point-to-point, Arbitrated Loop and Switched Fabric
    Throughput per Channel: Up to 800MB/s per port (Full-duplex)
    Backward Compatibility: Backwards compatible with 2Gb/s and 1Gb/s Fibre Channel products
    Interface: PCI-X 2.0
    SNIA HBA API Support: Yes
    Special Enhancements: Intelligent interleaved DMA (iiDMA) ensures maximum utilization of data links. Out-of-order frame reassembly (OoOFR) reduces congestion and retransmissions.
    Operating Systems: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000, Windows XP, VMware, Mac OS X, SuSe Linux, Re Hat Linux, Netware, Solaris
    Other Features: N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) and Virtual Fabric (VF) enabled platform to complement server virtualization solutions. NPIV and VF technologies increase overall security and management flexibility of SAN resources.
    System Requirements: None
    Vendor Comment: QLogic's Fibre Channel HBAs provide the High Performance, Superior Scalability and Enhanced Reliability. QLogic's HBAs are the #1 selling Fibre Channel HBAs in the industry.
    Availability: Currently available
    Base Cost: See http://www.qlogic.com/buyqlogic/
    Detailed Specs: http://www.qlogic.com/products/fc_san_hostadapers.asp
    Vendor URL: www.qlogic.com

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