IBM Flex System FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter

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Abstract

The IBM Flex System™ FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter enables high-speed access for IBM Flex System compute nodes to connect to a Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN). This adapter is based on the proven QLogic 2532 8Gb ASIC design and works with the 8 Gb and 16 Gb IBM Flex System Fibre Channel switches and pass-thru modules.

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The IBM Flex System™ FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter enables high-speed access for IBM Flex System compute nodes to connect to a Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN). This adapter is based on the proven QLogic 2532 8Gb ASIC design and works with the 8 Gb and 16 Gb IBM Flex System Fibre Channel switches and pass-thru modules.

Figure 1 shows the IBM Flex System FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter.

FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter
Figure 1. IBM Flex System FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter


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. When compared to the previous-generation 4 Gb adapters, the new-generation 8 Gb adapters double 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.

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 can cover the investment in the 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
(x86 servers)
Feature ocde
(Power Systems)
IBM Flex System FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter69Y1938A1BM1764

The part number includes the following items:
  • One IBM Flex System FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter
  • A documentation CD containing the adapter user’s guide
  • The IBM® Important Notices document

Features

The IBM Flex System FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter has the following features and specifications:

  • QLogic ISP2532 controller
  • PCI Express 2.0 x4 host interface
  • Bandwidth: 8 Gb per second maximum at half-duplex and 16 Gb per second maximum at full-duplex per port
  • 8/4/2 Gbps auto-negotiation
  • Support for FCP SCSI initiator and target operation
  • Support for NPIV
  • Support for full-duplex operation
  • Support for Fibre Channel protocol SCSI (FCP-SCSI) and Fibre Channel Internet protocol (FCP-IP)
  • Support for point-to-point fabric connection (F-port fabric login)
  • Support for Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FCAL) public loop profile: Fibre Loop-(FL-Port)-Port Login
  • Support for Fibre Channel services class 2 and 3
  • Configuration and boot support in UEFI
  • APIs supported: SNIA HBA API V2, SMI-S, FDMI
  • Support for IBM Fabric Manager
  • Power usage: 3.7 W typical
  • RoHS 6 compliant


Supported servers

The following table lists the IBM Flex System compute nodes that support the FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter.

Table 2. Supported servers
DescriptionPart number
x220 (7906)
x222 (7916)
x240 (8737)
x440 (7917)
p24L (1457)
p260 (7895)
p270 (7954)
p460 (7895)
IBM Flex System FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter69Y1938
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
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/

I/O adapter cards are installed in the slot in supported servers, such as the x240, as highlighted in the following figure.

Location of the I/O adapter slots in the x240 Compute Node
Figure 2. Location of the I/O adapter slots in the IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node


Supported I/O modules

The FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter supports the I/O module listed in the following table. One or two compatible switches must be installed in the corresponding I/O bays in the chassis. Installing two switches means that both ports of the adapter are enabled. When the adapter paired with a 16Gb switch, those switch ports will operate at 8 Gbps.

Table 3. I/O modules supported with the FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter
DescriptionPart numberSupport the
FC3172 adapter
IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Switch69Y1930Yes
IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Pass-thru69Y1934Yes
IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch88Y6374Yes
IBM Flex System FC5022 24-port 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch00Y3324Yes
IBM Flex System FC5022 24-port 16Gb ESB SAN Scalable Switch90Y9356Yes

The following table shows the connections between adapters installed in the compute nodes to the switch bays in the chassis.

Table 4. Adapter to I/O bay correspondence
I/O adapter slot in the serverPort on the adapterCorresponding I/O module bay in the chassis
Slot 1Port 1Module bay 1
Port 2Module bay 2
Slot 2Port 1Module bay 3
Port 2Module bay 4
Slot 3
(full-wide compute nodes only)
Port 1Module bay 1
Port 2Module bay 2
Slot 4
(full-wide compute nodes only)
Port 1Module bay 3
Port 2Module bay 4

The connections between the adapters installed in the compute nodes to the switch bays in the chassis is shown diagrammatically in the following figure.


Figure 3. Logical layout of the interconnects between I/O adapters and I/O modules


Supported operating systems

The FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter supports the following operating systems on the x86 compute nodes:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5
  • VMware vSphere 5.1

The FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter supports the following operating systems on the Power Systems compute nodes:
  • AIX 5.3 with the 5300-12 Technology Level with Service Pack 5
  • AIX 6.1 with the 6100-05 Technology Level and Service Pack 7
  • AIX 6.1 with the 6100-06 Technology Level and Service Pack 6
  • AIX 6.1 with the 6100-07 Technology Level
  • AIX 7.1 with the 7100-00 Technology Level and Service Pack 4
  • AIX 7.1 with the 7100-01 Technology Level
  • IBM i 6.1 with i 6.1.1 machine code
  • IBM i 7.1 TR3
  • Virtual I/O Server 2.2.1
  • Red Hat RHEL 5 U8 for POWER
  • Red Hat RHEL 6 U1 for POWER
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack (SP) 2 for POWER

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


Regulatory compliance

The adapter conforms to the following standards:
  • United States FCC 47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B, ANSI C63.4 (2003), Class A
  • United States UL 60950-1, Second Edition
  • IEC/EN 60950-1, Second Edition
  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 4, Class A
  • UL/IEC 60950-1
  • CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-03
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2006, Class A
  • IEC 60950-1(CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A
  • Korea KN22, Class A; KN24
  • Russia/GOST ME01, IEC-60950-1, GOST R 51318.22-99, GOST R 51318.24-99, GOST R 51317.3.2-2006, GOST R 51317.3.3-99
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A


Physical specifications

The dimensions and weight of the adapter are as follows:
  • Width: 100 mm (3.9 inches)
  • Depth: 80 mm (3.1 inches)
  • Weight: 13 g (0.3 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):
  • Height: 58 mm (2.3 in)
  • Width: 229 mm (9.0 in)
  • Depth: 208 mm (8.2 in)
  • Weight: 0.4 kg (0.89 lb)


Popular configurations

The FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter can be used in various configurations. The following figure shows the I/O installed in an I/O adapter slot 2 of the x240, which in turn is installed in the chassis. The chassis is connected to an IBM System Storage V7000. The RAID functionality is provided by the external storage system.

Example configuration
Figure 4. Example configuration

The following table lists the parts that are used in the configuration.

Table 5. Components used when connecting the FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter to external disk storage
Part number/ machine typeDescriptionQuantity
8737IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node or other supported server1 to 14
69Y1938FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter 1 per server
8721-A1xIBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis1
69Y1930IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Switch1 or 2
44X1964IBM 8Gb SFP+ SW Optical Transceiver1 per FC cable
39M5698IBM 1m LC-LC Fiber Channel Cable1 for each V7000 connection
2076-124IBM System Storage V70001

This configuration also requires additional V7000 features, such as drives and software licenses. These are not listed in the table.


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Special Notices

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
11 April 2012

Last Update
06 August 2013


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