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Lenovo Emulex VFA5.2 Product Manual

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Emulex VFA5.2 Adapter Family for System x
Product Guide
The Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter 5 Generation 2 (VFA5.2) Network Adapter Family for System x builds on
the foundation of the previous generation of Emulex VFA5 adapters by delivering performance
enhancements, including RoCE v2 support and management enhancements with improved support for
Lenovo XClarity. These new features help reduce complexity, reduce cost, and improve performance with
Lenovo servers.
The following figure shows the Emulex VFA5.2 ML2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter.
Figure 1. Emulex VFA5.2 ML2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter
Did you know?
The Emulex VFA5.2 adapters support three methods to virtualize I/O, out of the box: Virtual Fabric Mode
(vNIC1), Switch Independent mode (vNIC2) and Unified Fabric Port (UFP) mode. With Virtual Fabric, up to
eight virtual network ports (vNICs) can be created with a single two-port 10 GbE network adapter. Storage
protocols such as iSCSI and FCoE are also supported by Features on Demand upgrades. Using a
common hardware infrastructure for Ethernet and SAN and by virtualizing your network adapter, you can
reduce your infrastructure capital expense.
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    Figure 1. Emulex VFA5.2 ML2 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter Did you know? The Emulex VFA5.2 adapters support three methods to virtualize I/O, out of the box: Virtual Fabric Mode (vNIC1), Switch Independent mode (vNIC2) and Unified Fabric Port (UFP) mode. With Virtual Fabric, up to eight virtual network ports (vNICs) can be created with a single two-port 10 GbE network adapter.

  • Page 2

    Demand website to generate an activation key. Supported transceivers and direct-attach cables The adapters in the Emulex VFA5.2 family each have two empty SFP+ cages that support SFP+ SR transceivers and twin-ax direct-attached copper cables, as listed in the following two tables.

  • Page 3

    Lenovo 1m Active DAC SFP+ Cables 00VX114 AT2S Lenovo 3m Active DAC SFP+ Cables 00VX117 AT2T Lenovo 5m Active DAC SFP+ Cables The following figure shows the PCIe adapter. Figure 2. Emulex VFA5.2 2x10 GbE SFP+ PCIe Adapter Emulex VFA5.2 Adapter Family for System x...

  • Page 4

    Reduce cost Multiprotocol support for 10 GbE The Emulex VFA5.2 adapter family offers two 10 Gb Ethernet ports and is cost- and performance- optimized for integrated and converged infrastructures. The VFA5.2 offers a “triple play” of converged data, storage, and low-latency RDMA networking on a common Ethernet fabric. The Emulex VFA provides customers with a flexible storage protocol option for running heterogeneous workloads on their increasingly converged infrastructures.

  • Page 5: Specifications

    Full hardware storage offloads The Emulex VFA5.2 adapters support a hardware offload engine (optionally enabled via Features on Demand upgrade, standard on 00AG580 and 01CV770). This accelerates storage protocol processing, which enables the server’s processing resources to focus on application workloads, thus improving the server’s performance.

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    Low latency queues for small packet sends and receives Local interprocess communication option by internal VEB switch TCP/IP Stack By-Pass Data Center Bridging / Converged Enhanced Ethernet (DCB/CEE): Hardware Offloads of Ethernet TCP/IP Emulex VFA5.2 Adapter Family for System x...

  • Page 7

    Direct data placement of SCSI data 2048 Offloaded iSCSI connections iSCSI initiator and concurrent initiator /target modes Multipath I/O OS-neutral INT13 based iSCSIboot and iSCSI crash memory dump support RFC 4171 Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) Standards Emulex VFA5.2 Adapter Family for System x...

  • Page 8

    802.1Qaz Enhanced transmission Selection (ETS) Data Center Bridging Capability (DCBX) 802.1Qbb Priority Flow Control 802.3ad link Aggregation/LACP 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol 802.3ae (SR Optics) 802.3p (Priority of Service) IPV4 (RFC 791) IPV6 (RFC 2460) Emulex VFA5.2 Adapter Family for System x...

  • Page 9: Server Support

    Server support The Emulex VFA5.2 adapter family is supported in the System x servers that are listed in the following tables. Support for System x and dense servers with Xeon E5/E7 v4 and E3 v5 processors Table 4. Support for System x and dense servers with Xeon E5/E7 v4 and E3 v5 processors...

  • Page 10: Modes Of Operation

    01CV770 Emulex VFA5.2 ML2 2x10 GbE SFP+ Adapter and FCoE/iSCSI Modes of operation The Emulex VFA5.2 adapter family supports three types of virtual NIC (vNIC) operating modes, and a physical NIC (pNIC) operating mode. This support is built into the adapter: Virtual Fabric Mode (also known as vNIC1 mode) Virtual Fabric Mode works only with RackSwitch™...

  • Page 11

    10 Gb port Minimum 100 Mb 100 Mb 100 Mb vNIC bandwidth Server-to- Yes, maximum burst switch allowed and minimum bandwidth guarantee limit per vNIC Emulex VFA5.2 Adapter Family for System x...

  • Page 12: Physical Specifications, Operating Environment

    This adapter is supported in the following environment: Temperature: Operating: 0 °C to 55 °C (32 °F to 131 °F) Non-operating: -40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F) Humidity: 5 - 95%, non-condensing Warranty Emulex VFA5.2 Adapter Family for System x...

  • Page 13: Operating System Support, Related Publications

    Lenovo RackSwitch G8264CS (Front to Rear) 7159CFV Lenovo RackSwitch G8272 (Front to Rear) 7159GR5 Lenovo RackSwitch G8296 (Front to Rear) For more information, see the Lenovo Press Product Guides in the 10Gb top-of-rack switch category: https://lenovopress.com/networking/tor/10gb Related publications Emulex VFA5.2 Adapter Family for System x...

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    Related publications For more information, see these resources: Lenovo product page for System x network adapters http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/systems/servers/options/systemx/networking/ Lenovo ServerProven compatibility information for network adapters: http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/serverproven/xseries/lan/matrix.shtml Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter drivers http://www.emulex.com/downloads/oem-qualified/lenovo/system-x-rack-software-kits/ System x Configuration and Options Guide http://www.ibm.com/systems/xbc/cog/ Related product families...

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  • Page 16

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