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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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7.5. HBA API

In a storage area network, HBAs provide extremely important functionality and provide a means of physical connectivity between a server and other elements of the storage network, including storage devices, switches, and other hosts. As storage networks grow in complexity, the need for automatic discovery and management of devices becomes increasingly important.

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) defined a C library API to allow storage management applications to manage Fibre Channel HBAs. The management applications using the API can implement a single interface, no matter what the HBA model or vendor is, as long as the vendor supports the SNIA-defined HBA API. The APIs defined include support for querying and setting ...

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