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Table 1. Ordering part number and feature code
Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
The part number includes the following items:
One Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (CFFh)
Documentation CD
Important Notices flyer
Data center managers today are looking to increase hardware utilization to meet the growing needs of
their organization and virtualization offers a very attractive value proposition. The next-generation IBM
BladeCenter HS22 servers offer the platform with balanced processor and memory to enable them to
create more VMs per server, but I/O is already becoming a bottleneck.
The IBM BladeCenter virtual fabric offering addresses these issues and extends these value propositions
to non-virtualized environments. This solution enables clients to get up to eight virtual ports that can be
tailored to meet the bandwidth requirements of the application. The key components for this offering
include the 2-port 10 Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter by Emulex and the Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module
from BNT.
This solution makes use of Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) and can significantly help reduce
complexity and cost in virtualized environments by reducing switch costs up to 75%, reducing cable and
adapter costs up to 50%, and achieving better energy efficiency. At the same time, the virtual fabric
solution gives clients the opportunity to allocate and adjust bandwidth based on actual requirements and
have investment protection for next-generation technology like I/O convergence.
The Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter has the following summary of features:
Connection to either 1 Gb or 10 Gb data center infrastructure (1 Gb and 10 Gb auto-negotiation)
PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
IBM BladeCenter CFFh form factor; can be combined with a CIOv expansion card in the same server
Operates either as an 8-port Virtual Fabric Adapter or as a 2-port 1/10 Gb Ethernet adapter
Virtual port bandwidth allocation in 100 Mbps increments
Supports up to eight virtual ports
Wake On LAN support
Full-duplex (FDX) capability
Serial Over LAN (SOL) and concurrent KVM (cKVM) support for enhanced BladeCenter management
Bus-mastering support
Direct memory access (DMA) support
Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) support
Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
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