IBM BladeCenter Open Fabric


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®

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 Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter®


Works with existing 1Gb or 10Gb infrastructures and when paired with the Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter, it can offer up to 8 virtual ports per adapter. 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®

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®

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 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.
Brocade Converged 10GbE Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter®

First integrated Converged Switch for IBM BladeCenter that enables both Ethernet and Fibre Channel ports in a single package. Dymanic Ports allow for easy migration with low acquisition and operational costs. Base switch module enables the first 16 ports to be activated and includes 2 Brocade 10Gb SFP+ transceivers (49Y4216). The switch port upgrade activates all 30 ports on the switch and includes 2 Brocade 8Gb SFP+ transceivers (44X1962). Supported on High Speed Chassis (H/HT) and compatible with BladeCenter® Open Fabric Manager. Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) is fully integrated with IBM System Director for end-to-end data center management on a single pane of glass.

Cisco® Nexus 4001I Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter®

End-to-end 10Gb switch offers a high-performance, low-latency solution that seamlessly integrates with other Cisco® Nexus family products. Optional upgrade license key enables easy transition to FCoE. 20 ports of 10Gb (14 internal and 6 external) bandwidth. Supported on High Speed Chassis (H/HT), All Multi-switch interconnect modules and compatible with BladeCenter® Open Fabric Manager. Common Nexus CLI and web based management tool.
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 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. 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.
Cisco® Catalyst Switch Module 3110X for IBM BladeCenter® Built-in Cisco® Virtual Blade Switch (VBS) technology helps increase server performance and resiliency while simplifying operations and management. 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®

 

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®

 

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

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.

Broadcom 2-port 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM BladeCenter

2-port 10 Gb adapter enables up to 4 high speed bays in a BladeCenter H chassis and supports both standard physical port mode (pNIC) and virtual NIC (vNIC) mode for general purpose virtual fabric capabilities.

Extends the flexibility of virtual fabric to other 10 Gb switch modules for IBM BladeCenter.

This adapter works on the latest BladeCenter Intel processor-based blade servers.

Broadcom (Gen 2) 10Gb 2-port and 4-port Ethernet Expansion Cards (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter

These expansion cards enable up to 4 high speed bays in BladeCenter H chassis.

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

These adapters work on the latest BladeCenter Intel processor-based blade servers.

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 virtualization 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.

Intel 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter®

Enables an end-to-end 10Gb solution on the BladeCenter® H/HT chassis.

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

Supported on BladeCenter® HS22 and HS22V blade servers.

Mellanox 10Gb 2-port Ethernet Expansion Card for IBM BladeCenter

Low latency mezzanine card based on ConnectX-2 technology.

Delivers high bandwidth for accelerating database, OLTP, and simulation workloads.

Provides end-to-end 10Gb Ethernet connectivity.

Supported on the latest BladeCenter Intel processor-based blade servers.


Combo expansion cards Product features

QLogic Ethernet and 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter®

Based on QLogic 2532 and Broadcom 5709S ASIC, this card provides 2 8Gb Fibre Channel ports and 2 1Gb Ethernet ports on the same card. Can be combined with another CFFv combo card to get additional Ethernet or Fibre Channel ports.


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