IBM BladeCenter Open Fabric

Highlights


Overview

As the deployment of server virtualization technologies becomes more prevalent within data centers, more dynamic performance is needed to provide sufficient network I/O bandwidth to satisfy these demands. With Virtual Fabric, IBM can help you break the I/O bottleneck by allowing you to allocate bandwidth where needed, delivering maximum application agility. Offering a full range of virtualization and convergence capabilities, the same network hardware can act as Ethernet, iSCSI, or FCoE, and bandwidth can be allocated in increments from 100Mb to 1Gb. Choose the Emulex adapter and IBM BNT switch for advanced virtualization capabilities, or combine the Broadcom adapter with either of our Brocade or Cisco 10Gb switches for general-purpose virtual fabric capabilities.


Features and benefits

Virtual: Multiple virtual ports and protocols including Ethernet, iSCSI, and FCoE, 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 hardware iSCSI and FCoE via a software key and to get a combination of virtual Ethernet and virtual FCoE ports.

Flexible: Each virtual port operates at anywhere between 100Mb and 10Gb and will run Ethernet, iSCSI, or FCoE. Both switch and adapter can work at 1Gb or 10Gb, Virtual Fabric or FCoE mode.

Reliable: Intelligent Failure Monitoring to enable automatic failover between physical or virtual ports in the event of uplink port failure.


Products and resources

For advanced virtualization capabilities
BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
QLogic Virtual Fabric Extension Module for IBM BladeCenter
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
For general-purpose virtualization capabilities
Brocade Converged 10GbE Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
Cisco Nexus 4001I Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
Broadcom 2-port 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM BladeCenter
Broadcom (Gen 2) 10Gb 2-port and 4-port Ethernet Expansion Cards (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter

1 iSCI and FCoE functionality is only available using the Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter Advanced for IBM BladeCenter or by using the Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Advanced Upgrade key with the Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM BladeCenter.

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