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Typical configurations

The BladeCenter Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module can be used in various configurations. The following
usage scenarios are described:
10 Gb Ethernet Virtual Fabric
Converged iSCSI or FCoE network
10 Gb Ethernet Virtual Fabric
The Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module UFP solution is based on a BladeCenter chassis with a 10 Gb
Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) infrastructure and 10 Gb Virtual Fabric Adapters (VFAs) installed in
each blade server.
In UFP mode, the Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch is vPort-aware; that is, the configuration of vPorts is
performed on a switch, then it propagates vPorts parameters to VFA. vPort bandwidth allocation and
metering is performed by the switch and the VFA. In such a case, a bidirectional virtual channel of an
assigned bandwidth is established between them for each vPort.
The Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch is connected to top-of-rack aggregator switches, such as RackSwitch
G8272 via the 10 GbE external uplink connections. This scenario is illustrated in Figure 3.
Figure 3. Virtual Fabric UFP solution
BladeCenter Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module (withdrawn product)
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