Can someone explain in simple language what a Channel 4GB fibre channel PCI-Express card is?

Hello,

For all us "common folk", would someone be so kind as to explain what this item is used for? Is it some form of of superfast VCR but for computers?

Thanks,
Stacey Bindman
Montreal,Quebec

  • Asked by Stacey B from Montreal
  • Oct 26, 2009
Apple Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express Card

Apple Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express Card

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    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.

    • Answered by Steve O from Bathurst
    • Nov 2, 2009
  • Really it is just a fibre optic card card. Mostly used for MacPros and Xserves needing either of XSAN or to connect to an external storage. Such as vPromise or back in the days Xserve RAID which ran at 2Gb instead of 4Gb.

    • Answered by Gidel M from Alexandria
    • Nov 4, 2009