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What is N_Port ID virtualization (NPIV)?

Learn the definition of N_Port ID virtualization (NPIV) in this expert response by Randy Kerns.

What is NPIV?

N_Ports are a specific type of Fibre Channel port used in host bus adapters (HBAs). N_Port ID virtualization (NPIV) allows multiple N_Port IDs to share a single physical N_Port. NPIV eases storage area network (SAN) management by allowing multiple Fibre Channel initiators to use the same physical port.

This was last published in November 2010

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