Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Single-port and Dual-port HBAs for IBM System x

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Abstract

Streamlined installation and management, plus unrivaled scalability and industry-leading virtualization support make the Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel single-port and dual-port host bus adapters ideal solutions for enterprise and mixed-OS environments. With powerful management tools, they deliver maximum performance in the widest range of applications and environments.

Changes in the November 27 update:
* Updated supported servers
* Updated supported operating systems

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Streamlined installation and management, plus unrivaled scalability and industry-leading virtualization support make the Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel single-port and dual-port host bus adapters ideal solutions for enterprise and mixed-OS environments. With powerful management tools, they deliver maximum performance in the widest range of applications and environments.

Figure 1 shows the single-port and dual-port adapters.

Emulex 8 Gb FC single-port and dual-port adapters
Figure 1. Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel single-port and dual-port HBAs for IBM System x

Did You Know?

The configuration of the Emulex 8 Gb HBAs is fully integrated in the IBM UEFI interface which results in an easy to use and intuitive way to set up the adapter. The HBAs provide the ability to build high-performance, highly available SANs and are easy to set up and integrate into existing SAN configurations. Emulex 8Gb HBAs use passive cooling devices to deliver enhanced thermal protection for highest reliability and maximum server availability.

Part number information

Table 1. Ordering part numbers and feature codes
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
Emulex 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x42D0485 3580
Emulex 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x42D0494 3581

The part numbers for the Emulex 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs include the following items:
  • FC HBA adapter with one or two SFPs installed and 3U bracket attached
  • Quick install guide
  • Support CD
  • 2U bracket
  • Safety flyer


Features
  • Standard PCI Express card with low profile form factor
  • One or two independent Fibre Channel ports with optical modules included
  • PCI Express 2.0 host interface
  • Support for both standard and low-profile PCI Express slots
  • Auto-negotiation between 2 Gb, 4 Gb, or 8 Gb link attachments
  • Processes over 200K I/O operations per second (IOPS), per port
  • Support for up to 1600 MB per second maximum at full-duplex, per port


Fibre Channel specifications
  • Full support for all Fibre Channel topologies, including point-to-point (N_Port), arbitrated loop (NL_Port), and switched fabric (N_Port)
  • Support for F_Port and FL_Port login
  • Full support for Fibre Channel services class 2 and 3
  • Up to 4096 FC port logins and up to 4096 concurrent exchanges per FC port


Supported servers

The Emulex 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. Server compatibility (Part 1 - M3 systems)
PartDescription
x3200 M3 (7327, 7328)
x3250 M3 (4251, 4252)
x3400 M3 (7378, 7379)
x3500 M3 (7380)
x3550 M3 (7944)
x3620 M3 (7376)
x3630 M3 (7377)
x3650 M3 (7945)
x3755 M3 (7164)
dx360 M3 (6391)
42D0485Emulex 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
42D0494Emulex 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Table 2. Server compatibility (Part 2 - eX5 systems and M4 systems with Xeon E3/E5 v1 processors)
PartDescription
x3100 M4 (2582)
x3250 M4 (2583)
x3300 M4 (7382)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600)
x3530 M4 (7160)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600)
x3630 M4 (7158)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600)
x3690 X5 (7147)
x3750 M4 (8722)
x3850 X5 (7143)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600)
42D0485Emulex 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
42D0494Emulex 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Table 2. Server compatibility (Part 3 - M5 and M4 systems with Xeon E3/E5 v2 processors)
PartDescription
x3250 M5 (5458)
x3500 M4 (7383, E5-2600 v2)
x3550 M4 (7914, E5-2600 v2)
x3650 M4 (7915, E5-2600 v2)
x3650 M4 HD (5460)
dx360 M4 (7912, E5-2600 v2)
nx360 M4 (5455)
42D0485Emulex 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
42D0494Emulex 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

See IBM ServerProven for the latest information on the adapters supported by each System x server type: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.


Popular configurations

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

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

System x server connected to an external IBM System Storage solution
Figure 2. System x server connected to an external IBM System Storage solution

The parts used are listed in Table 3.

Table 3. Components used when connecting Emulex 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA to external disk storage (as shown in Figure 2)
Diagram referencePart number/machine typeDescriptionQuantity
1VariesSupported server1
242D0494 Emulex 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA2 per server
VariesIBM System Storage with Fibre Channel interfaces ( Dual Controller)1
VariesIBM System Storage Expansion Unit (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.)

Supported operating systems

The Emulex 8Gb FC Single-port and Dual-port HBAs for IBM System x support the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 HPC 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 Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • 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
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)

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.


Operating environment

The adapter is supported in this 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:
    • 5% to 95%, non-condensing


Warranty

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


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Publish Date
26 October 2009

Last Update
27 November 2013


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