IBM BladeCenter Open Fabric

Fibre Channel over Ethernet I/O

IBM BladeCenter® Open Fabric includes industry-leading Ethernet switch modules that offer an easy way to manage, high performance Ethernet networking capabilities for BladeCenter systems. Compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager software, these switch modules from IBM, Cisco and BLADE Network Technologies (BNT) supporting 1Gb and 10Gb Ethernet bandwidth, provide high performance Ethernet capabilities designed to help your business run better.

Ethernet switch modules Product features Bandwidth Compatibility Management
  10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module for IBM BladeCenter
10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module for IBM BladeCenter
Supports both Optical and Fiber 10Gb SFP+ modules.
Supports Convergence Enhanced Packets along with regular 10Gb
14 10Gb uplink ports and 14 10Gb links to each server Supported on High Speed Chassis (H/HT) and compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager. Flexible and simple management via web browser or industry-standard CLI.
BNT 10-Port 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
BNT 10-Port 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
Works with existing 1Gb or 10Gb infrastructure.
First BladeCenter Convergence Ready Switch
10 external SFP+ based uplink ports.
14 10Gb ports to each Blade
Supported on High Speed Chassis (H/HT) and compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager. Easy Management using SmartConnect tool.
BNT 1/10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
BNT 1/10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
Ideal for clients who require 1Gb today and 10Gb capability for future growth. 6 external 1Gb and 3 external 10Gb ports. Supported on all BladeCenter chassis and Multi-switch interconnect modules and compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager. Easy to configure, use and manage via a web-based interface.
BNT Layer 2/3 Copper and Fiber Gigabit Ethernet Switch Modules for IBM BladeCenter
BNT Layer 2/3 Copper and Fiber Gigabit Ethernet Switch Modules for IBM BladeCenter
Delivers complete Layer 2 and 3 functionality - routing, filtering, traffic queuing to better serve the processing demands of bandwidth -intensive applications. 6 external 1Gb copper ports or 6 external 1Gb fiber ports. Supported on all BladeCenter chassis and Multi-switch interconnect modules and compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager. Flexible and simple management via web browser or industry-standard CLI.
BNT 6-port 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
BNT 6-port 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
 
Ideal for VoIP and IPTV applications requiring high-bandwidth and time-sensitive switching support. 6 external 10Gb ports. Supported on BladeCenter chassis H and HT chassis, all Multi-switch interconnect modules and compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager. Flexible and simple management via web browser or industry-standard CLI.
BNT Layer 2-7 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
BNT Layer 2-7 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
 
Integrates Layer 2/3 Ethernet connectivity with Layer 4-7 application and server load balancing in single switch module. 4 external 1Gb ports. Supported on all BladeCenter chassis and Multi-switch interconnect modules and compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager. Flexible and simple management via web browser or industry-standard CLI.
Cisco® Catalyst Switch Module 3012 for IBM BladeCenter®
Cisco Catalyst Switch Module 3012 for IBM BladeCenter
High performance, reliable switching ideal for IBM BladeCenter S. 4 external 1Gb ports. Supported on all BladeCenter chassis and Multi-switch interconnect modules and compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager. Common management with external Cisco switches via IOS Command Line Interface and CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution.
Cisco Catalyst Switch Module 3110G and 3110X for IBM BladeCenter
Cisco Catalyst Switch Module 3110G and 3110X for IBM BladeCenter
 
Built-in Cisco Virtual Blade Switch (VBS) technology helps increase server performance and resiliency while simplifying operations and management. 3110G - 4 external 1Gb ports.
3110X - 1 external 10Gb port.
Supported on BladeCenter E, H, T and HT chassis and compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager. Common management with external Cisco switches via IOS Command Line Interface and CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution.
Intelligent Copper Pass-Thru Module for IBM BladeCenter
Intelligent Copper Pass-Thru Module for IBM BladeCenter
 
Easy to install and ideal for customers deploying IBM BladeCenter into an existing network environment. 14 external 1Gb standard RJ45 ports. Supported on all BladeCenter chassis and Multi-switch interconnect modules and compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager. Secure Serial over LAN (SoL) allows users to access any server console via the serial port.
Server Connectivity Module for IBM BladeCenter
Server Connectivity Module for IBM BladeCenter
 
For small and midsized businesses where a separation between the server and networking domains is preferred. 6 external 1Gb ports. Supported on all BladeCenter chassis and Multi-switch interconnect modules and compatible with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager. Easy to install, configure and manage through an easy to use browser based interface.
Ethernet adapters and mezzanines Product features
Broadcom (Gen 2) 10Gb 2-port and 4-port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
These expansion cards enable up to 4 high speed bays in BladeCenter H.

Offers PCI-Gen 2 architecture and end-to-end 10Gb I/O virtualisation via BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager in addition to easy SoL/cKVM management over 10Gb.

These cards are compatible with following IBM blade servers: HS20, HS21, HS21 XM, LS20, LS21, LS41, JS20, JS21 and HS22.
Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM BladeCenter This 2-port 10Gb adapter enables up to 8 virtual Ethernet ports in a BladeCenter H or HT chassis and supports both standard physical port mode (pNIC) and virtual NIC (vNIC) mode for general purpose virtual fabric capabilities.

Each of the virtual ports can be tuned to work at any bandwidth between 100 Mb and 10 Gb at increments of 100Mb.

Provides the flexibility to upgrade to HW iSCSI and FCoE protocols on the same adapter via a software key upgrade.

This adapter works on the latest BladeCenter Intel processor-based blade servers.
Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced II for IBM BladeCenter 2-port 10 Gb adapter enables up to 8 virtual Ethernet ports in a BladeCenter H or HT chassis and supports iSCSI and FCoE in addition to standard physical port mode (pNIC) and virtual NIC (vNIC) mode for advanced virtualisation capabilities.

Each of the virtual ports can be tuned to work at any bandwidth between 100 Mb and 10Gb at increments of 100 Mb.

Integrated HW ISCSI and FCoE protocol support enables ISCSI and FCoE traffic to run on 2 of the virtual NIC ports.

This adapter works on the latest BladeCenter Intel processor-based blade servers.
Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM BladeCenter Two port 10Gb adapter enables up to 8 virtual Ethernet ports. Each of the virtual ports can be tuned to work at any bandwidth between 100Mb and 10Gb at increments of 100Mb.

Provides the flexibility to upgrade to HW iSCSI and FCoE protocols on the same adapter via a software key upgrade.

This adapter works on the latest BladeCenter Intel processor-based blade servers.
Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced for IBM BladeCenter Two port 10Gb adapter enables up to 8 virtual Ethernet ports. Each of the virtual ports can be tuned to work at any bandwidth between 100Mb and 10Gb at increments of 100Mb.

Integrated HW ISCSI and FCoE protocol support enables ISCSI and FCoE traffic to run on 2 of the virtual NIC ports.

This adapter works on the latest BladeCenter Intel processor-based blade servers.
Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter This is a 2 port 1Gb Ethernet adapter with PCI-e interface designed specifically for the HS22 blade server as well as all follow-on blades. It is based on the proven Broadcom 5709S ASIC and offers value-added features like TCP Offload (TOE) and SW iSCSI support for high performance. The adapter's innovative combination form factor design allows usage of other I/O technologies (in CFFh form factor) simultaneously from the same blade server, such as additional Ethernet or Product features.
Broadcom 2-port and 4-port 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Card for IBM BladeCenter Enables up to 4 High Speed bays in BladeCenter H. Offers end to end 10Gb IO Virtualisation using BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager.
2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter Based on Broadcom 5709 chipset, it enables 2 ports in BladeCenter S Chassis for higher redundancy and enables 4 ports on BladeCenter H and HT chassis to enable high speed IO bays 7, 8, 9 and 10.
IBM BladeCenter CFFv Ethernet Expansion Card Based on Broadcom 5704 chipset, it provides 2 1Gb ports per Blade.
NetXen 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter Designed to interface with BNT 6-port 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module, this card is based on NetXen NX2031 network controller chip, providing 2 10Gb ports per Blade.
Combo expansion cards Product features
QLogic CFFh Ethernet/Fibre Combo Expansion Card for IBM BladeCenter Based on QLogic 2432M PCI-Express x4 ASIC for 4 Gb 2-Port Fibre Channel and Broadcom 5715S PCI-Express x4 ASIC for 1 Gb 2-Port Ethernet chipsets. This card provides 2 4Gb Fibre Channel ports and 2 1Gb Ethernet ports on the same card.
iSCSI expansion cards Product features
QLogic iSCSI Expansion Card for IBM BladeCenter Based on QLogic QMC4052 enabling iSCSI connectivity through switch module bays 3 and 4, the hardware initiator provides iSCSI communication from the blade server to an iSCSI storage device for full hardware-based iSCSI initiator and TOE for storage traffic only (TCP/IP offload engine) function with an option to run diskless Blades in a non-Fibre Channel SAN environment.

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