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IBM System x at-a-glance guide
The Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM® System x® and Emulex 10GbE Integrated Virtual
Fabric Adapter II for System x are members of the IBM comprehensive networking portfolio of 10 Gb
Ethernet (10GbE) converged network adapters (CNAs). They deliver industry-leading performance and
scalability per watt, reducing requirements for power and cooling. Storage protocol offloads enable the
efficient use of computing resources and the support of more virtual machines per CPU, and reduce the
number of servers required to support data center demands. Furthermore, the capability to use fiber-optic
or twin-ax copper cabling allows you to deploy the fabric of your choice. The Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric
Adapter II is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II (with optional SFP+ transceivers installed)
Did you know
The Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II and Emulex 10GbE Integrated Virtual Fabric Adapter II are
based on the Emulex OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) platform and include
support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) as a feature entitlement upgrade. iSCSI support is
planned to be available in 1Q 2012.
By using a common infrastructure for Ethernet and SANs, you can reduce capital expense for adapters,
switches, and cables; and operational expense for power, cooling, and IT administration.
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  • Page 1 System x IBM System x at-a-glance guide The Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM® System x® and Emulex 10GbE Integrated Virtual Fabric Adapter II for System x are members of the IBM comprehensive networking portfolio of 10 Gb Ethernet (10GbE) converged network adapters (CNAs).
  • Page 2: Part Number Information

    49Y4274 5715 * This adapter comes standard with the selected models or can be ordered with the special bid or CTO models of IBM System x3850 X5/x3950 X5 (7143) and x3690 X5 (7147). It cannot be ordered separately. Note: These adapters are referred to in the product documentation as the Emulex OneConnect OCe11102 multiprotocol PCI Express Converged Network Adapter.
  • Page 3 SFP-10G-SR Avago AFBR-703SDZ-ELX* AFBR-703SDZ-ELX Finisar FTLX8571D3BCL-EM* FTLX8571D3BCL-EM * These SFP+ SR transceivers are non-IBM parts that have been validated by Emulex for use with this adapter Table 3. Supported direct-attach cables Description Part number Passive DAC/Twinax cables 1 m IBMPassive DAC-SFP+ Cable...
  • Page 4: Modes Of Operation

     Modes of operation The Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II and Emulex 10GbE Integrated Virtual Fabric Adapter II offer two vNIC modes of operation in addition to pNIC mode: IBM Virtual Fabric Mode is the same as vNIC mode on original Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric ...
  • Page 5: Standards Supported

    In Switch Independent Mode the adapter works with any 10 Gb Ethernet switch. Switch Independent  Mode offers the same capabilities as IBM Virtual Fabric Mode in terms of the number of vNICs and the bandwidth each can be configured to have. Switch Independent Mode extends the existing customer VLANs to the virtual NIC interfaces.
  • Page 6: Supported Servers

    Supported servers The Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM System x and Emulex 10GbE Integrated Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM System x are supported in the IBM System x and iDataPlex® servers listed in Table 4. Table 4. Supported System x servers (Part 1)
  • Page 7: Popular Configurations

    Supported operating systems The Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM System x and Emulex 10GbE Integrated Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM System x support the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition ...
  • Page 8: Related Publications

    Not all servers support all operating systems and versions. Related publications For more information refer to these documents: Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM System x Installation and User's Guide  http://www.ibm.com/support 10Gb CNAs for IBM System x product page ...
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