QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter

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Abstract

The QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter enables high-speed access for IBM blade servers to connect to a Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN). When compared to the previous-generation 4 Gb adapters, the new adapter doubles the throughput speeds for Fibre Channel traffic. As a result, you can manage increased amounts of data and possibly benefit from a reduced hardware expense. For example, in bandwidth constrained Microsoft Exchange environments, by using 8 Gb adapters and switches, you can deploy 68% less adapter and switch hardware to support the same number of users as 4 Gb adapters.

Changed in the 6/19/2013 update:
* The IBM BladeCenter Optical Pass-thru Module, 39Y9316, is not supported

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The QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter enables high-speed access for IBM blade servers to connect to a Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN). When compared to the previous-generation 4 Gb adapters, the new adapter doubles the throughput speeds for Fibre Channel traffic. As a result, you can manage increased amounts of data and possibly benefit from a reduced hardware expense. For example, in bandwidth constrained Microsoft Exchange environments, by using 8 Gb adapters and switches, you can deploy 68% less adapter and switch hardware to support the same number of users as 4 Gb adapters.

Figure 1 shows the QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv).

QLogic 8 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)
Figure 1. QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)

Did you know?

The performance bottleneck with Fibre Channel storage typically exists in the switching. By moving to 8 Gb adapters and switches, you can optimize the bottleneck to the storage controller, where it can be managed by expanding the disks attached to storage.

The adapter connects to the midplane directly, without having to use cables or small form-factor pluggable (SFP) modules. By eliminating these components for up to 14 servers, the resulting savings alone covers the investment in the BladeCenter chassis.

Part number information

Table 1 shows the part number to order this card.

Table 1. Part number and feature code for ordering
DescriptionPart numberFeature code*
QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter44X19451462 / 8242
* The first feature code listed is for configurations available through the System x sales channel. The second feature code listed is for configurations available through the Power Systems sales channel

The part number includes the following items:
  • One QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter
  • A documentation CD containing QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter Installation and User’s Guide
  • The IBM Important Notices document

Features

The QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) has the following features:

  • CIOv form factor
  • QLogic 2532 8Gb ASIC
  • PCI Express 2.0 host interface
  • Support for two full-duplex Fibre Channel ports at 8 Gbps maximum per channel
  • Support for Fibre Channel Protocol Small Computer System Interface (FCP-SCSI) and Fibre Channel Internet Protocol (FC-IP)
  • Support for Fibre Channel service (class 3)
  • Support for switched fabric, point-to-point, and Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) connections
  • Support for NPIV when installed in the JS23/JS43
  • Configuration and boot support in BIOS and UEFI


Operating environment

The expansion card is supported in the following environment:
  • Temperature: 10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F)
  • Relative humidity: 8% to 80% non-condensing

Supported servers and I/O modules

This card is installed in the PCI Express CIOv slot of a supported blade server. It provides connections to Fibre Channel-compatible modules in bays 3 and 4 of the supported BladeCenter chassis. A maximum of one CIOv is supported per single-wide (30 mm) blade server. Table 2 lists the IBM BladeCenter servers that support the QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv).

Table 2. Supported servers

Expansion card

Part number

HS12

HS21

HS21 XM

HS22

HS22V

HX5

LS21

LS22

LS41

LS42

JS12

JS21

JS22


PS700/PS701/PS702

QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)

44X1945

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

See IBM ServerProven at the following Web address for the latest information about the expansion cards that are supported by each blade server type:
http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/

CIOv expansion cards are installed in the CIOv slot in supported servers, such as the HS22, as highlighted in green in Figure 2.

Location of the CIOv slot in the IBM BladeCenter HS22
Figure 2. Location of the CIOv slot in the IBM BladeCenter HS22

The QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) requires that a supported I/O module is installed in bay 3 and bay 4 of the chassis in which the cards and servers are installed.

Table 3 lists the supported I/O modules that can be used to connect to the expansion card. The 8 Gb switch modules are recommended. The card also supports 4 Gb Fibre Channel switch modules and the 4 Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module. However, the card must operate at the 4 Gbps rate.

Table 3. I/O modules recommended for use with the QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)


Part number

BladeCenter S

BladeCenter E

BladeCenter H

BladeCenter T

BladeCenter HT

Supported I/O modules (operate at 8 Gbps)







QLogic 20-Port 8 Gb SAN Switch Module

44X1905

Y

Y

Y

Y*

Y†

QLogic 8 Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module

44X1907

Y

Y

Y

Y*

Y†

Brocade Enterprise 20-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

42C1828

N

Y

Y

N

Y†

Brocade 20-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

44X1920

N

Y

Y

N

Y†

Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

44X1921

N

Y

Y

N

Y†

Supported I/O modules (operate at 4 Gbps)







Brocade 4 Gb 20-Port SAN Switch Module

32R1812

N

N

N

N

N

Brocade 4 Gb 10-Port SAN Switch Module

32R1813

N

N

N

N

N

Cisco 4 Gb 20-Port Fibre Channel Switch Module

39Y9280

N

Y

Y

Y*

Y

Cisco 4 Gb 10-Port Fibre Channel Switch Module

39Y9284

Y

Y

Y

Y*

Y

QLogic 4 Gb 20-Port Fibre Channel Switch Module

26R0881

N

Y

Y

Y*

Y

QLogic 4 Gb 10-Port Fibre Channel Switch Module

32R1904

N

Y

Y

Y*

Y

QLogic 20-Port 4 Gb SAN Switch Module

43W6725

N

Y

Y

Y*

Y

QLogic 10-Port 4 Gb SAN Switch Module

43W6724

Y

Y

Y

Y*

Y

QLogic 4 Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module

43W6723

Y

Y

Y

Y*

Y

McDATA 4 Gb 20-Port Fibre Channel Switch Module

32R1833

N

Y

Y

Y*

Y

McDATA 4 Gb 10-Port Fibre Channel Switch Module

32R1905

N

Y

Y

Y*

Y

QLogic 4 Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module

43W6723

Y

Y

Y

Y*

Y

Consider the following restrictions regarding the use of the switch modules in Table 3:
  • The IBM BladeCenter Optical Pass-thru Module, 39Y9316, is not supported
  • (*) When any of the switch modules that have an asterisk (*) is installed in BladeCenter T, the internal switch connections to blade ports operate at 2 Gbps. The external ports operate at up to 8 Gbps (or 4 Gbps for 4 Gb switch modules).
  • (†) When any of these switch modules that have the dagger indicator symbol (†) is installed in BladeCenter HT, the internal switch connections to blade ports are supported at 4 Gbps. The external ports operate at up to 8 Gbps (or 4 Gbps for 4 Gb switch modules).
  • The QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) can be installed in servers in the BladeCenter S and used with supported switch modules as shown in the table. However, by doing so, you lose the ability to connect to the BladeCenter S Disk Storage Modules (DSMs). The Fibre Channel expansion card goes in the place of the SAS expansion card that is needed to connect to the DSMs.



Popular configurations

The QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) can be used in various configurations. Figure 3 shows the CIOv card installed in a supported blade server, which in turn is installed in a BladeCenter chassis. The chassis is connected to the IBM System Storage DS3400. The RAID functionality is provided by the external storage system.

IBM BladeCenter connected to an external IBM System Storage DS3400 storage solution
Figure 3. IBM BladeCenter connected to an external IBM System Storage DS3400 storage solution

Table 4 lists the parts that are used in the configuration shown in Figure 3.

Table 4. Components used when connecting the QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) to external disk storage (as shown in Figure 3)
Diagram referencePart number / Machine typeDescriptionQuantity
17870IBM BladeCenter HS22 or other supported server1 to 14
244X1945QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)1 per server
3VariesIBM BladeCenter chassis* (see Table 3)1
444X1905QLogic 20-Port 8 Gb SAN Switch Module1 or 2
51726-41X or 1726-42XIBM System Storage DS3400 (Single or Dual Controller)1
61727Optional: IBM System Storage EXP3000 (Single or Dual ESM)1 to 3
739R6536DS3000 Partition Expansion License1
*Note: The expansion card can be installed in servers in the BladeCenter S (8886). However, by doing so, you lose the ability to connect to the BladeCenter S DSMs. The Fibre Channel expansion card goes in the place of the SAS expansion card that is needed to connect to the DSMs.

This configuration also requires cabling between the chassis and the storage server and between the storage server and expansion units. The cable part numbers are not listed in Table 4. Note that the DS3400 storage solution operates at 4 Gbps.

Supported operating systems

The QLogic 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) supports the following operating systems:
  • IBM AIX 5L for POWER Version 5.3
  • IBM AIX Version 6.1
  • IBM Virtual I/O Server
  • IBM i operating system 6.1
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for x86
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 ES for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 ES for x86
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 WS/HPC for AMD64/EM64T
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 WS/HPC for x86
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 for IBM POWER
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for IBM POWER
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for IBM POWER
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for IBM POWER
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware ESX 3.5
  • VMware ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 3.5
  • VMware ESXi 4.0

See IBM ServerProven at the following address for the latest information about the specific versions and service packs that are supported:
http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/

Select the blade server and then select the expansion card to see the supported operating systems.


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Publish Date
26 May 2009

Last Update
19 June 2013


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