Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (CFFh) for IBM
IBM BladeCenter at-a-glance guide
The Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter is a dual-port 10 Gb Ethernet card that
supports 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps traffic, or up to eight virtual NIC devices. The virtual NICs are configured to
meet the client's mix of network connectivity and throughput demands for today's complex server
application environments. Each physical 10 Gbps port can be divided into four virtual ports with bandwidth
allocation in 100 Mbps increments to the maximum 10 Gbps per physical port.
Figure 1. Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
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This adapter is based on industry-standard PCIe architecture and offers the flexibility to operate as a
Virtual NIC Fabric Adapter or as a dual-port 10 Gb or 1 Gb Ethernet device. Because this adapter
supports up to eight virtual NICs on a single dual-port Ethernet adapter, you see potential benefits in cost,
power/cooling, and data center footprint by deploying less hardware. The adapter enables you to
configure up to 12 NIC devices on a single blade server--eight virtual NICs plus the two onboard NICs
plus two from a CIOv expansion card.
Adapter functionality can be enhanced through the future purchase of feature entitlements to enable
FCoE and iSCSI protocol support, delivering the industry's first Universal Converged Network Adapter
and a future-proof connectivity solution for IBM BladeCenter.
Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter