Apple Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express Card
A Fibre Channel PCI Express card is required to connect a Mac Pro or Xserve (Intel-based) to external Fibre Channel storage or an Xsan network. A user installable kit contains an Apple Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express Card (host bus adapter) plus two 2.9-meter 4Gb Active Copper Fibre Channel SFP to SFP (small form factor pluggable) interconnect cables. The Fibre Channel PCI Express card is installed in your computer, and the cables are used to connect to the SFP port on a Fibre Channel storage device or Fibre Channel switch SFP connectors. This card runs at full bandwidth in a four-lane or eight-lane PCI Express slot.
SFP connectors on the card allow use of copper or optical cabling and provide the capability of directly connecting to Fibre Channel storage and switches over long distances up to 500m. The Apple Fibre Channel PCI Express card offers leading performance and compatibility with Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, and Xsan.
- Mac Pro or Intel-based Xserve with an available PCI Express slot
- The Apple Fibre Channel 4Gb PCI Express card requires Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server v10.4.8 or later.
- Installation of an Apple Fibre Channel PCI Express card in Mac Pro reclassifies these systems as FCC Class A devices.
- Optical connection requires SFP transceivers and optical cables.
- This card is not compatible with PCI or PCI-X based systems.
- Asked by Stacey B from Montreal
- Oct 26, 2009
It is an expansion card that provides a fibre optic connection to an XRAID (no longer produced by Apple) or Promise VTrak E-Class RAID. These provide massive storage (up to 16 TB per device) for things like video production. …More
- Answered by Steve O from Bathurst
- Nov 2, 2009
- Asked by Kevin M from Ellicott City
- Feb 5, 2010
I have booted an Intel Xserve from an EMC AX4 san array via 4gb SFP fiber optic using an 8gb EMC 300M switch. The biggest issue I have is I cannot multipath to both SPA and SPB. If I force a single path in my zoning then the storage works fine. …More
- Answered by Stacy P from Hope Valley
- Aug 8, 2010
Can someone please tell me what is the benefits of using just one of the 4gb plugs instead of both? right now at my job everyone is using just one?
- Asked by Eric S from Baton Rouge
- May 11, 2010
Two connections has twice the speed as one.
Consider each as an individual connection. So a single 4Gb requirement uses one, but when you need more bandwidth, use two. …More
- Answered by Peter C from Milpitas
- May 24, 2010
- Asked by Raj K
- Mar 26, 2012
Yes, upon a MacPro!
- Answered by Abdul R from Jakarta
- Apr 19, 2012
- Asked by David B from Ridgewood
- Sep 29, 2010
SFPs are attached to both ends of the included fibre cables. If you want to use different fibre cables without built-in SFPs, then yes, you'll need to get additional SFPs. …More
- Answered by Jared O from Dundee
- Jul 26, 2011