QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs for IBM System x

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Abstract

The QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBA for IBM System x are PCI Express 2.0 x8 8Gb Fibre Channel adapters with SFP+ LC-style connectors. The adapters connect to SFP+ Multimode Fiber SR optical modules. These adapters support 8 Gbps per port maximum bidirectional throughput for high-bandwidth storage (SAN). The PCI Express low profile form factor adapter can be used in either a standard PCI Express slot or a low profile PCI Express slot.

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The QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBA for IBM System x are PCI Express 2.0 x8 8Gb Fibre Channel adapters with SFP+ LC-style connectors . The adapters connect to SFP+ Multimode Fiber SR optical modules. These adapters support 8 Gbps per port maximum bidirectional throughput for high-bandwidth storage (SAN). The PCI Express low profile form factor adapter can be used in either a standard PCI Express slot or a low profile PCI Express slot. Figure 1 shows the adapters.

QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x QLogic 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x

Figure 1. QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs for IBM System x

Did You Know?

QLogic 8Gb HBAs enable end-to-end SAN Solutions using 8 Gb Fibre Channel technology for System x servers. They provide the ability to build high-performance, highly available SANs and are easy to set up and integrate into existing SAN configurations.

These adapters take advantage of QLogic’s StarPower technology, which provides energy-smart features. StarPower technology offers dynamic and adaptive power-management features such as power-optimized and bandwidth-optimized intelligent PCI-Express link training, low-power switching power supplies, and a thermally efficient layout that requires lower airflows.


Part number information

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x42D05013578
QLogic 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x42D05103579

The part numbers for the QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs include the following items:
  • One QLogic adapter
  • Quick install guide
  • Documentation CD
  • 2U bracket
  • Safety flyer


Features

The QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs have the following features:
  • Function at 8/4/2 Gbps (auto-negotiation)
  • Persistent binding
  • LUN masking
  • 2,048 concurrent logins
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 compliance, backwards compatibility with PCI-e 1.0a
  • One (for Single-port) and two (for Dual-port) SFP+ with LC-style connectors
  • Standard PCI Express card with low profile MD2 form factor
  • Support for both standard and low-profile PCI-E slots


Specifications

The QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs have the following specifications:
  • Data rate: 1600 MBps full duplex per port
  • Performance: up to 200,000 IOPS per port
  • Boot support: BIOS, FCode, UEFI, EFI
  • Protocols: FCP-3-SCSI; FC-Tape (FCP-2)
  • Standard supported: Enhanced Authentication (FC-SP), Data Integrity (T10) and Network isolation (NPIV)


Physical specifications

The QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs have the following physical specifications:
  • Height: 64 mm (2.5 in)
  • Width: 167 mm (6.6 in)
  • Depth: 25 mm (1.0 in)
  • Weight: 113 g (0.25 lb)


Operating environment

The adapter is supported in the following environment:
  • Temperature:
    • Operating: 0° to 55°C (32° to 131°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
    • Storage: -40° to 70°C (-40° to 158°F) at 914 to 2,133 m (3,000 to 7,000 ft)
  • Relative humidity:
    • Operating: 10% to 90% (relative, non-condensing)
    • Non-operating: 5% to 93% (relative, non-condensing)


Warranty

One-year limited warranty. When installed in a System x server, these cards assume your system’s base warranty and any IBM ServicePac upgrade.


Supported servers

The QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs for IBM System x are supported in the IBM System x servers listed in Table 2.

Table 2. Supported System x servers (Part 1)

Adapter

Part number

x3100 M3

x3200 M2

x3200 M3

x3250 M2

x3250 M3

x3350

x3400

x3400 M2


x3455

x3500

x3500 M2


QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port HBA

42D0501

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

QLogic 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA

42D0510

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Table 2. Supported System x servers (Part 2)

Adapter

x3550

x3550 M2

x3550 M3

x3620 M3

x3630 M3

x3650

x3650 T

x3650 M2

x3650 M3

x3655

x3690 X5

x3755

x3755 M3

x3850 M2

x3950 M2

x3850 X5

QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port HBA

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

QLogic 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

See IBM ServerProven for the latest information on the System x servers that support this adapter: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/


Popular configurations

This section illustrates how the QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs can be used in configurations.

Figure 2 shows the QLogic 8Gb FC Dual-port HBAs installed in a supported x3650 M2 server. The server is connected to the IBM System Storage DS3400.

x3650 M2 server connected to an external IBM System Storage DS3400 storage solution
Figure 2. x3650 M2 server connected to an external IBM System Storage DS3400 storage solution

The parts used are listed in Table 3.

Table 3. Components used when connecting QLogic 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA to external disk storage (as shown in Figure 2)
Diagram referencePart number/machine typeDescriptionQuantity
1Variesx3650 M2 or other supported server1
242D0510QLogic 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA2 per server
1726-42XIBM System Storage DS3400 ( Dual Controller)1
1727IBM System Storage EXP3000 (Dual ESM)2

This configuration also requires cabling between the server and the storage and between the storage server and expansion units. (The cable part numbers are not listed in Table 3.)

Figure 3 shows the QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port HBAs installed in a supported x3650 M2 server. The servers are connected to the IBM System Storage DS4700 via IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 switches and form 2-node cluster solution.

x3650 M2 server connected to an external IBM System Storage DS4700 via SAN switches
Figure 3. x3650 M2 server connected to an external IBM System Storage DS4700 via SAN switches

The parts used are listed in Table 4.

Table 4. Components used when connecting QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port HBA to external disk storage (as shown in Figure 3)
Diagram referencePart number/machine typeDescriptionQuantity
1Variesx3650 M2 or other supported server1
242D0501QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port HBA2 per server
VariesIBM System Storage SAN24B-4 or other SAN switch2
1814-70A or 1814-70HIBM System Storage DS4700 (Model 70 or Model 72)1

This configuration also requires cabling between the servers and the SAN switches and between the SAN switches and storage system. (The cable part numbers are not listed in Table 4.)


Supported operating systems

The QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs for IBM System x support the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Datacenter x64 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 Storage Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition x64
  • 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
  • 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
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 for x86
  • VMware ESX 3.5
  • VMware ESX 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.0
  • VMware ESXi 4.1

See IBM ServerProven for the latest information about the specific versions and service packs supported: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/. Click System x servers, and then click Shared storage adapters to see the support matrix. Click the check mark that is associated with the System x server in question to see the details of operating system support.

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This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a client responsibility and depends upon the client's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the client's operational environment.

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Publish Date
31 July 2009

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