When it comes to I/O, data centers face more challenges than ever before, including:
IBM BladeCenter® servers and chassis, along with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager, can help you with these challenges. But what if there was a new type of fabric that could change personalities on the fly? View demo (US)
Welcome Virtual Fabric for IBM BladeCenter. This is a fast, flexible and reliable I/O solution that fits into your existing data center and offers you a new way to overcome these challenges. This new and innovative fabric can be multiple fabrics by port at the same time. For example, a single adapter and switch combination can be Ethernet, FCoE, or even iSCSI, operating at any speed from 100Mb to 10Gb. By using the virtual fabric solution, you can quadruple the number of adapters by server, while at the same time reducing switch modules by up to 75%. Build a Dynamic Infrastructure today with the Virtual Fabric for IBM BladeCenter.
Features and Benefits
Virtual: Multiple virtual ports and protocols (Ethernet, FCoE, and iSCSI) from a single physical port while allowing shared bandwidth across multiple applications.
Fast: True line-rate 10Gb performance.
Scalable: Define the EXACT number of ports needed (from 2 to 8 per adapter) and upgrade to FCoE and HW iSCSI via software key to get a combination of virtual Ethernet and virtual FCoE ports.
Flexible: Each virtual port operates anywhere between 100Mb and 10Gb and can run as Ethernet, FCoE or iSCSI. Both switch and adapter can work at 1Gb, 10Gb, Virtual Fabric or FCoE mode.
Reliable: Intelligent Failure Monitoring to enable automatic failover between physical or virtual ports in an event of uplink port failure.
Products and resources
BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM BladeCenter
|For advanced virtualization capabilities|
|Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM BladeCenter|
|Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced II for IBM BladeCenter|
|Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM BladeCenter|
|Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced for IBM BladeCenter|
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