Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) for IBM BladeCenter (Withdrawn)

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Abstract

The Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) for IBM BladeCenter enables high-performance connection to a storage area network (SAN). Thanks to the innovative design of the IBM BladeCenter midplane, this Fibre Channel adapter operates without the need for an SFP module, thereby saving you significant hardware costs. Each adapter provides dual paths to the SAN switches to ensure full redundancy, while the exclusive firmware-based architecture allows firmware and features to be upgraded without taking the server off-line or rebooting, and without the need to upgrade the driver.

Note: This product has been withdrawn from marketing and is no longer available for ordering from IBM.

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

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The Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) for IBM BladeCenter enables high-performance connection to a storage area network (SAN). Thanks to the innovative design of the IBM BladeCenter midplane, this Fibre Channel adapter operates without the need for an SFP thereby, hence saving you significant hardware costs. Each adapter provides dual paths to the SAN switches to ensure full redundancy, while the exclusive firmware-based architecture allows firmware and features to be upgraded without taking the server off-line or rebooting, and without the need to upgrade the driver.

This card is installed into the CFFv slot of the supported blade server and provides connections to BladeCenter I/O modules located in bays 3 and 4 of the supported BladeCenter chassis. The CFFv slot is a PCI-X 2.0 slot. The Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) is shown in Figure 1.

Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv)
Figure 1. Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv)

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This expansion card connects directly to the midplane without having to use cables or SFP modules. By eliminating these components for up to 14 servers, the resulting savings alone cover the BladeCenter chassis investment.

When using this CFFv adapter, you can simultaneously use a CFFh adapter to enable more types of I/O to supported blade servers such as the HS21 when installed on the IBM BladeCenter H chassis.

You can upgrade the firmware of Emulex Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) without taking the server off-line or rebooting. This is an exclusive Emulex feature that minimizes downtime and protects investment in a client's infrastructure.


Part number information

Table 1. Ordering part number and feature code
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) for IBM BladeCenter43W68592994

This part number includes the following items:
  • One Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) for IBM BladeCenter
  • IBM Getting Started Guide (flyer)
  • Documentation CD Version 1.0, which contains the Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) for IBM BladeCenter Installation and User’s Guide
  • Safety Information document
  • End user license agreement

Features

The expansion card has the following features and benefits:

  • Enables high-speed and dual-port connection to a Fibre Channel SAN
  • Integrated design allows use of a CFFh adapter in the BladeCenter H chassis
  • Comprehensive virtualization capabilities with support for N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) and Virtual Fabric
  • Simplified installation and configuration using common HBA drivers
  • Efficient administration via HBAnyware for HBAs anywhere in the SAN
  • Common driver model eases management and enables upgrades independent of HBA firmware
  • Supports BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager


IBM BladeCenter leads the industry in delivering integrated fabric switching to the blade server environment. Integrated fabric switching eases deployment, simplifies the data center, reduces cabling and optical transceivers (SFPs), and lowers costs. BladeCenter clients have the flexibility to choose from a variety of SAN switch vendor's architectures. The BladeCenter SAN switch module portfolio now includes QLogic, Brocade, and Cisco.

Each BladeCenter server provides redundant connections to data and storage networks. Clients can configure their blade servers with dual port host bus adapters and be assured that they will always have a connection to their Storage Area Network (SAN) via BladeCenter's high availability midplane. Through integration, BladeCenter eliminates the fiber cables from the server to the switch. This not only reduces the opportunity for misconfiguration, it lowers the expense for cables and optical transceivers (SFPs), and reduces potential points of failure, while increasing network availability.


Specifications

The expansion card has the following specifications:
  • Fibre Channel specifications:
    • Bandwidth: Burst transfer rate of 800 Mbytes/sec full-duplex per port
    • Support for both FCP-SCSI and IP protocols
    • Support for point-to-point fabric connection: F-Port Fabric Login
    • Support for FCAL and FCAL-2 FL-Port Login
    • Support for Fibre Channel services class 2 and 3
    • Support for full-duplex operation
  • Single-chip design with two completely independent 4 Gb serial Fibre Channel ports. Each port provides:
    • Reduced instruction set computer (RISC) processor
    • Integrated serializer/deserializer
    • Receive direct memory access (DMA) sequencer
    • Frame buffer
  • Host data transfer: Burst data transfers up to 1 GB per second.
  • Onboard DMA: DMA controller for each port: Transmit and receive.
  • Frame buffer first in, first out (FIFO): Integrated 63 KB transmit and 32 KB receive frame buffer for each data channel
  • Internal memory:
    • 1.5 MB internal high-speed SRAM, ECC protected
    • 4 MB non-volatile RAM (NVRAM), 2 MB per port

Operating environment

The expansion card is supported in this environment:
  • Temperature and altitude
    • Operating
      • 10° to 52°C (50° to 125.6°F) at an altitude of 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
      • 10° to 49°C (50° to 120.2°F) at an altitude of 0 to 3,000 m (0 to 10,000 ft)
    • Non-operating: 40° to 65°C (-40° to 149°F) at an altitude of 0 to 12,000 m (0 to 39,370 ft)
  • Humidity
    • Operating: 8% to 80%, noncondensing
    • Non-operating: 5% to 80%, noncondensing


Supported servers and I/O modules

The Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) is supported in the IBM BladeCenter servers listed in Table 2.

Table 2. Supported servers


Expansion card

Part number

HS12

HS21

HS21 XM

HS22

LS21

LS22

LS41

LS42

JS12

JS21

JS22

QS22

PN41

Emulex 4 Gb FC Expansion Card (CFFv)

43W6859

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Emulex 4 Gb FC Expansion Card (CFFv) is also supported in an expansion blade when the blade server supports both the Emulex expansion card and that particular expansion blade. Figure 2 shows where the CFFv card is installed in a BladeCenter server.

Location on the BladeCenter server planar where the CFFv card is installed
Figure 2. Location on the BladeCenter server planar where the CFFv card is installed

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

IBM BladeCenter chassis support is based on the blade server type on which the expansion card is installed. Consult ServerProven to see which chassis each blade server type is supported in: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.

The Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) supports the following I/O modules installed in the IBM BladeCenter chassis.
  • Fibre Channel Switch Modules
  • QLogic 4 Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module
  • QLogic 8 Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module

Specific I/O modules supported with the Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) are shown in Table 3. The table also lists the BladeCenter chassis that support each I/O module. One I/O module must be installed in I/O bay 3 or 4 in the BladeCenter chassis. For redundancy and performance purposes, we recommend you install two I/O modules in the chassis, one in bay 3 and one in bay 4.

Table 3. I/O modules supported with the Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv)

I/O module

Part number

BladeCenter S

BladeCenter E

BladeCenter H

BladeCenter T

BladeCenter HT

Brocade 4 Gb 20-Port SAN Switch Module

32R1812

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Brocade 4 Gb 10-Port SAN Switch Module

32R1813

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

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 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

QLogic 4 Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module

43W6723

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Important considerations:
  • The IBM BladeCenter Optical Pass-thru Module, 39Y9316, is not supported
  • The BladeCenter S does not support all I/O modules, as Table 3 shows.
  • Many of the I/O modules listed in the table also support the Multi-Switch Interconnect Module (MSIM) and MSIM-HT. However, we do not list this support here since CFFv expansion cards do not support the use of the MSIM or MSIM-HT.


Popular configurations

This section illustrates how the Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) can be used in configurations. Figure 3 shows the CFFv card installed in a supported blade server, which is in turn 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. The parts used are listed in Table 4.

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. Components used when connecting Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) to external disk storage (as shown in Figure 3)
Diagram referencePart number/machine typeDescriptionQuantity
1VariesIBM BladeCenter HS21 or other supported server1 to 14
243W6859Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv)1 per server
3VariesSupported BladeCenter chassis*1
4VariesSupported Fibre Channel Switch module (see Table 3)1 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 Disk Storage Modules (DSMs). The Fibre Channel expansion card will go in the place of the SAS expansion card 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.)

Operating system support

The Emulex 4 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CFFv) supports the following operating systems:
  • 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, 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
  • Novell NetWare 6.5
  • 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 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Sun Solaris 10
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • VMware ESX 3.5
  • VMware ESX Server 3.0
  • VMware ESXi 3.5

See IBM ServerProven for the latest information about the specific versions and service packs 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
30 April 2009

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19 June 2013


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