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I bought a HP BL532A MSL4048 1 LTO-5 ULTRIUM 3280 FC 48-SLOT TAPE LIBRARY

I have a few quick questions:

  1. What is the best fiber card to buy for this unit?
  2. Can I buy a quad port fiber card and use 1 of the ports for fast ethernet & the 2 other ports on the same card for the tape library connection?
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Any HP FibreChannel 4Gb or 8Gb HBA will be compatible with your library.

FibreChannel cards have nothing to do with Ethernet. The library only has 1 FC connection, you couldn't use 2 HBA ports without an intermediate switch (which would only add complexity and another SPoF).

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Thank you so much for your answer! The library has 2 fiber ports. So for this library, should I buy a fiberchannel PCI-E card for my server or an ethernet PCI-E fiber? So, I should only connect the fiber channel card with 1 of the ports, correct? – InfoTech Oct 5 '12 at 3:18
I stand corrected, it does have two ports for the one drive. Ethernet still has nothing to do with FibreChannel though. Also, I'm not misspelling "Fibre", it's a European standard, so it's spell with the UK's version, not the US's "Fiber". – Chris S Oct 5 '12 at 4:34

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