Virtual Fabric for general-purpose virtualization
Switch modules Product features Bandwidth Compatibility Management
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.
Adapters Product features
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 4-port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter This expansion card enables 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.

Works on the latest BladeCenter Intel processor-based blade servers.
Virtual Fabric for advanced virtualization
Switch modules Product features Bandwidth Compatibility Management
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.
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.
Adapters Product features
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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