IBM BladeCenter® Open Fabric provides Fibre Channel over Ethernet switch modules that consolidate the data and storage networks into a single, high performance, super-network. This helps IT managers reduce the use of equipment like switches, adaptors and cables by up to 50% with 10X greater performance, all without losing the remote access and subscription-level services on the network. And because all the products within the portfolio are open and standards-based, they are 100% interoperable with current hardware.

FCoE 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 IBM Fabric Manager for BladeCenter. Flexible and simple management via web browser or industry-standard CLI.
IBM BladeCenter Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module 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 IBM Fabric Manager for BladeCenter. Easy Management using SmartConnect tool.
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 IBM Fabric Manager for BladeCenter. 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 IBM Fabric Manager for BladeCenter. Common Nexus CLI and web based management tool.
QLogic Virtual Fabric Extension Module for IBM BladeCenter® This module offers 6 ports of 8Gb Fibre Channel to route SAN traffic. When combined with the BNT 10Gb switch and CNA, you can implement FCoE inside the chassis without changing your LAN and SAN setup. 6 external 8Gb ports. Supported on High Speed Chassis (H/HT) and compatible with IBM Fabric Manager for BladeCenter. Open Fabric Manager and Switch interface.
Converged networking adapters Product features
Brocade 2 port 10GbE Converged Network Adapter for IBM BladeCenter® This high-performing, low-latency 2-port 10GbE Converged Network Adapter provides both Ethernet and FCoE support on a single adapter for an end-to-end solution that is easy to manage.
Emulex 10GbE VFA II and Emulex 10GbE VFA Advanced II for IBM BladeCenter HS23 These adapters work on BladeCenter HS23 blade servers with the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 product family.

Both adapters enable up to four uplink/downlink ports for increased I/O bandwidth and maximum performance.

Emulex 10GbE VFA II for IBM BladeCenter HS23 (81Y3120) provides the flexibility to upgrade to HW iSCSI and FCoE protocols on the same adapter via the Virtual Fabric Advanced FOD Upgrade.
Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM BladeCenter This 2-port 10 Gb 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 100 Mb.

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 10 Gb 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.
QLogic 10Gb Virtual Fabric Advanced CNA for IBM BladeCenter This 2-port 10Gb adapter is based on the QLogic 8200 Series adapters and supports simultaneous LAN (TCP/IP) and SAN (Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), iSCSI) traffic at line-rate, 10 Gbps Ethernet speed.

High performance throughput helps speed large amounts of data and eliminates server performance bottlenecks.

This adapter works on the latest BladeCenter Intel processor-based blade servers.
QLogic 10Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM BladeCenter This 2-port 10Gb adapter is based on the QLogic 8200 Series adapters and provides enhanced Ethernet features that help transport converged LAN and SAN traffic seamlessly.

Provides the flexibility to upgrade to FCoE and iSCSI with the optional software license key, QLogic 10Gb Virtual Fabric Advanced FoD Upgrade for IBM BladeCenter (part number 00Y5622).

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

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