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IBM BladeCenter Open Fabric

Fibre Channel over Ethernet I/O

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.

Fibre Channel 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 10-Port 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Works with existing 1Gb or 10Gb infrastructure. First BladeCenter Convergence Ready Switch 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.
FCoE Upgrade License for Cisco Nexus 4001I

FCoE Upgrade License for Cisco Nexus 4001I
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.
Fibre Channel adapters and mezzanines Product features
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 virtualisation 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.
QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter Combines functions of a NIC and a HBA on a single Adapter. Offers savings in hardware, management & power/cooling.

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