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N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) is an extension to the Fibre Channel industry standard, which is available across the Emulex Host Bus Adapter (HBA) product line and the Brocade Storage Area Network (SAN) switches and directors. NPIV delivers significant advantages for running multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) and managing the workload across multiple physical servers. This paper explains the technology which was developed by IBM and Emulex and has been in production on IBM z-Series Fibre Channel (FC) switches and directors from Brocade for over two years.
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