07240098 is referenced by 53 patents and cites 113 patents.

Accessing some storage-area networks (SANs) requires a client computer to include a special electronic component, known as a host bus adapter (HBA). However, the present inventor recognized that conventional host bus adapters add considerable expense to the cost of accessing the storage-area network. Accordingly, the present inventor devised a host bus adapter that is implemented in software and thus referred to as a “virtual” host bus adapter. One exemplary embodiment of the virtual host bus adapter includes a hardware-emulation module that makes the virtual host bus adapter appear to operating system environments as a conventional host bust adapter with dedicated hardware.

Title
System, method, and software for a virtual host bus adapter in a storage-area network
Application Number
10/143456
Publication Number
7240098 (B1)
Application Date
May 9, 2002
Publication Date
July 3, 2007
Inventor
Mark Thomas Mansee
Vadnais Heights
MN, US
Agent
Schwegman Lundburg Woessner & Kluth P A
Assignee
Cisco Technology
CA, US
IPC
G06F 15/16
G06F 15/167
G06F 13/12
G06F 9/455
G06F 3/00
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