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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories Hardware
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 26, 2017

Request for IBMi support of the 4 port 16Gb fiberchannel adapter Thru the VIOS

Request for IBMi support of the 4 port 16Gb fiberchannel adapter thru the VIOS

Use Case:

Currently 2Port 16Gb is available for virtualized IBMi support. We need to increase the density of IO Ports and would like the 4 port adapters to be certified. There is consideration of Lun counts per virtual fiber port.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Mar 2, 2018

    1) IBM i delivered in 4Q2017 support for up to 127 active paths per NPIV connection - on both 8Gb and 16Gb cards. This addresses the original request for more.
    2) The 4 port 16 Gb card is supported on POWER9 natively and via VIOS. IBM i does not support it on POWER8

  • Guest
    Oct 13, 2017

    The question is whether the increase in the number of LUNs per Fibre Channel port, as mentioned in the previous comment, will provide the increase you needed for your virtual ports. Please reply by adding a comment to this RFE.

  • Guest
    Oct 13, 2017

    Please refer to : IBM i 7.3 TR3 offers enhanced analytics, new security capabilities, and other new functions in IBM i and associated licensed programs
    IBM United States Software Announcement 217-515
    October 3, 2017 at this URL:
    IBM i has announced the Increase in maximum number of LUNs per Fibre Channel IOA
    Clients have been growing their configurations at a pace that has caused them to hit the limit on the number of LUNs they can create for each Fibre Channel port. The limit of 64 has now been increased to 127 for both NPIV and native-attached 16 Gb Fibre Channel configurations.

    This provides some increased density.

  • Guest
    Jul 26, 2017

    Also to clarify this should be on Power8 the 880C, 824 and 870.