Dell A9048036 Controller Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter
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A9048036 Dell Sanblade 32GB Dual Port PCI-E Fibre Channel New

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A9048036 Dell Sanblade 32GB Dual Port PCI-E Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter. Brand New
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Manageability and Monitoring

The Dell Sanblade 32GB Dual Port PCI-E Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (product number A9048036) offers several management and monitoring features to help ensure optimal performance and reliability. Here are some details:

  • Management software: The adapter supports the QLogic SANsurfer management software, which provides an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) for configuring and managing the adapter, as well as monitoring performance and diagnosing issues.
  • Diagnostics: The adapter supports a range of diagnostic and troubleshooting features, including proactive notification of events, fault isolation and recovery, and detailed event logging. The SANsurfer software also includes a variety of diagnostic tools and utilities, such as performance monitoring and traffic analysis.
  • Monitoring: The adapter supports a variety of monitoring features, including SNMP, SMI-S, and Syslog, which enable administrators to monitor performance and diagnose issues from a central location. The SANsurfer software also provides real-time alerts and notifications to help ensure that issues are quickly identified and resolved.
  • Quality of Service (QoS): The adapter supports advanced QoS features, such as priority-based flow control (PFC) and enhanced transmission selection (ETS), which help ensure that critical traffic receives the necessary bandwidth and priority.
  • Virtualization support: The adapter supports a variety of virtualization technologies, including N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV), which allows multiple virtual machines to share a single physical adapter, and Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV), which provides hardware-based I/O virtualization.

High-Speed Performance

The Dell Sanblade 32GB Dual Port PCI-E Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (product number A9048036) is designed to provide high-speed performance and reliability for enterprise-level storage applications. Here are some details about its high-speed performance features:

  • Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x8
  • Number of ports: 2
  • Speed: 32 Gbps
  • Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, VMware ESXi
  • Form factor: Low-profile
  • Dimensions (W x D): 6.6 in x 2.7 in
  • Weight: 3.2 oz

High-speed performance features:

  • Supports 32 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) speeds for high-bandwidth storage applications
  • Provides low latency and high IOPS (input/output operations per second) for improved application performance
  • Offers full-duplex operation for simultaneous data transmission and reception
  • Provides backward compatibility with 16 Gbps and 8 Gbps FC products
  • Supports N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) for increased scalability and flexibility
  • Offers Quality of Service (QoS) with priority-based flow control (PFC) and enhanced transmission selection (ETS) for improved performance and reliability
  • Provides advanced diagnostic and troubleshooting capabilities with Dell's SANsurfer management software
  • Offers hardware-based I/O virtualization with Single-Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) and Multiqueue (MQ) support for improved virtualization performance
  • Supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and FCoE offload for increased flexibility and scalability
  • Provides low power consumption for energy-efficient operations

Compatibility and Interoperability

Here's the compatibility and interoperability information for the Dell Sanblade 32GB Dual Port PCI-E Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (product number A9048036):


  • Server systems: The Dell Sanblade 32GB Dual Port PCI-E Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter is compatible with Dell PowerEdge and Precision rack and tower servers. Please check the Dell website for a list of specific models and configurations.
  • Operating systems: The Dell Sanblade 32GB Dual Port PCI-E Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter is compatible with the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2019
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9 and 7.3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP4 and 12 SP3
  • VMware ESXi 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, and 6.7
  1. Storage area networks (SANs): The Dell Sanblade 32GB Dual Port PCI-E Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter is compatible with Dell EMC Connectrix and Brocade switches and directors, as well as other SANs that support 32 Gbps Fibre Channel.


  • Fibre Channel devices: The Dell Sanblade 32GB Dual Port PCI-E Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter is interoperable with other Fibre Channel devices that comply with the Fibre Channel Physical and Signaling Interface (FC-PH) standard, including storage devices and other host bus adapters.
  • SAN management software: The Dell Sanblade 32GB Dual Port PCI-E Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter is interoperable with SAN management software, including Dell EMC Connectrix Manager, Brocade Network Advisor, and other third-party management tools.

Note: The compatibility and interoperability information may vary depending on the model and region. Please refer to the official Dell website for more information.General Information

  • Manufacture: Dell
  • MPN : A9048036
  • Type : Controller
  • Product Type : Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter

Technical Information

  • Form Factor : Plug-in Card - Low Profile
  • Interface (bus) Type : Pci Express 3.0 X8
  • Pci Specification Revision : Pcie 3.1


  • Ports : 32GB Fibre Channel X 2
  • Connectivity Technology : Wired
  • Data Link Protocol : 32GB Fibre Channel
  • Data Transfer Rate : 32 GBPS
  • Max Transfer Distance : 623 Ft
  • Capacity : Concurrent Logins : 2048 Active Exchanges: 2048
  • Remote Management Protocol :smi-s, Cli

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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