Dell A8971186 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter Controllers
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A8971186 Dell 16GBPS 2 Port PCI-Express 3.0 X8 Fibre Channel New

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A8971186 Dell 16GBPS 2 Port PCI-Express 3.0 X8 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter. Brand New.
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Advanced Management and Monitoring

The A8971186 Dell 16GBPS 2 Port PCI-Express 3.0 X8 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) is a high-performance storage device designed for enterprise-level computing. This HBA supports the latest 16Gbps Fibre Channel technology, which provides faster data transfer rates and increased reliability compared to previous generations.

To ensure the highest level of performance and reliability, the A8971186 HBA includes advanced management and monitoring features. These features enable IT administrators to monitor and manage the HBA, proactively identify potential issues, and ensure that the HBA is performing at optimal levels.

One key feature of the A8971186 HBA is its ability to support multiple operating systems. It is compatible with Windows, Linux, and VMware, making it a versatile solution for different types of computing environments.

Another important feature of the A8971186 HBA is its support for Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) technology. VMQ enables virtual machines to communicate directly with the HBA, reducing latency and improving overall performance. This feature is particularly important for virtualized environments, where multiple virtual machines are running on a single physical server.

The A8971186 HBA also includes advanced monitoring features, such as real-time performance monitoring, error logging, and event notification. These features enable IT administrators to proactively identify and troubleshoot issues before they become critical.

Performance and Scalability

The Dell 16GBPS 2 Port PCI-Express 3.0 X8 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter offers excellent performance and scalability for high-end data center applications. With a bandwidth of 16Gbps, it provides high-speed connectivity between the server and storage systems, allowing for faster data transfer and reduced latency.

The host bus adapter (HBA) is designed to support multiple virtual machines (VMs) and workloads, making it suitable for virtualized environments. It also supports quality of service (QoS) features, which enable administrators to prioritize traffic and allocate resources based on application needs.

The HBA is designed with scalability in mind, supporting up to 1024 virtual functions (VFs) per adapter, which enables efficient sharing of resources and consolidation of workloads. It also supports a wide range of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, and VMware.

In terms of performance, the Dell 16GBPS 2 Port PCI-Express 3.0 X8 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter can deliver up to 1.2 million IOPS and has a maximum throughput of 3200 MB/s, which makes it ideal for demanding workloads such as databases, virtualization, and video streaming.

Operating System Compatibility

The A8971186 Dell 16GBPS 2 Port PCI-Express 3.0 X8 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter is compatible with the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (x64)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 (x64)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 (x64)
  • VMware ESXi 5.5
  • VMware ESXi 6.0
  • VMware ESXi 6.5
  • VMware ESXi 6.7
  • VMware ESXi 7.0

It is important to note that the compatibility of this adapter may vary depending on the specific configuration of your system. It is always recommended to check with the manufacturer for any compatibility issues before purchasing or installing any hardware.

General Information

  • Manufacturer: Dell
  • MPN: A8971186
  • Type: Controller
  • Controller Type: Fibre Channel

Technical Specifications

Here are the technical specifications for the Dell 16GBPS 2 Port PCI-Express 3.0 X8 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter:

  • Product number: A8971186
  • Interface: PCI-Express 3.0 x8
  • Number of ports: 2
  • Speed: 16 Gbps
  • Compatible operating systems: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, VMware ESXi
  • Dimensions (W x D): 6.6 in x 2.7 in
  • Weight: 3.2 oz

Additional features:

  • Supports N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Supports Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) offload
  • Supports port trunking (aggregation)
  • Supports simultaneous initiator and target modes
  • Provides hardware-based I/O virtualization

Fiber channel

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What is A Fiber Channel?

A fiber channel (FC) is a computer networking protocol used for transferring data between one or several computer systems at extremely high speeds. The successive technology generations of fiber channels run at data rates ranging from 1-128 (gigabit per second rates).

Fiber channels were initially developed for supercomputers. However, in recent times, they are commonly used in storage networking server environments, serving as a substitute to various serial storage technologies and small computer system interfaces (SCSI), aka "Scuzzy."

Fiber Channels are the integral components for data transmission among data centers, computer servers, switches, and storage at up to 128 Gbps.

History of Fiber Channel

Fiber channel began in 1988 to consolidate the advantages of multiple physical layer applications, including HIPPI, ESCON, and Scuzzy (SCSI). It is regulated in the T11 Technical Committee of the INCITS (International Committee for Information Technology Standards). The fiber channel effectively overcame the challenges of sustaining signal timing coherence across all the data-signal cables (50 for HIPPI and 8, 16, and 32 for scuzzy). Consequently, a receiver can conclude when all the electrical signal values are stable and sound for synchronous reception sampling.

The advantages of Fiber Channel

Storage Area Networks (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS) have enjoyed increased popularity over the years. Fiber channel, on the other hand, has played a vital role in this development. While SAN employs fiber channel as the transmission protocol for storage provisioning, a NAS usually uses TCP/IP as the transmission protocol, NFS, or other file sharing applications for storage provisioning. Below are some of the advantages of the fiber channel.


Native fiber drives bring about high-level reliability and data integrity. They are dual-ported as a standard feature. Arguably the critical advantage that fiber channel SANs once held and still holds is the speed. It remains as one aspect that differentiates the fiber channel SANs from those of the Ethernet.


Fiber channel remains the ideal solution for IT professionals seeking high-performance, cost-effective information storage and reliability at high speeds. Given that fiber channel is a lossless protocol, it is often rated higher than the Ethernet network. Sent frames must be received in order and not dropped by the switch. This feature, however, is sometimes absent with Ethernet.

Other benefits of fiber channel FC include LUN masking, cost, and size. fiber channel controllers are from trusted brands and are available at give-away prices. Please choose from our wide range collection and enjoy a 30-day warranty and fast delivery across 48 U.S. states.


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