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HP NC550m 10GbE 2-port PCIe x8 Flex-10 Ethernet
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Overview
HP NC550m 10GbE 2-port PCIe x8 Flex-10 Ethernet Adapter
The HP NC550m 10Gb 2-Port PCIe x8 Flex-10 Ethernet Adapter is a new member of the C-class 10Gbe adapter portfolio. The HP
NC550m is a Flex-10 designed Ethernet Adapter based on the Blade Engines 2 controller and delivers superior throughput of all
adapters in the 10GbE portfolio. Perfect for virtualized environments, the adapter works with all BladeSystem c-Class G6 servers.
When paired with any of our new ethernet switches, the combination provides a high bandwidth, high performance network
environment.
HP NC550m 10GbE 2-port PCIe x8 Flex-10 Ethernet Adapter
At A Glance
Industry-leading throughput and latency performance
Supported on all G6 c-Class servers, in mezzanine slots1, 2 or 3 (full height servers) or slots 1 and 2 (half height servers).
Type I Adapter
IEEE 802.1p QoS 802.3x flow control, and 802.3ap 10GBase-KR
9K Jumbo frames
Dual 10Gb ports provide up to 40Gb full duplex per adapter
Supports HP's exclusive Flex-10 technology that allows you to set any bandwidth from 100Mb to 10Gb on up to four "Physical
Function " NICs per port when combined with the 10Gb Flex-10 Virtual Connect module
Supports VMware NetQueue and Microsoft Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ)
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Overview
Models
HP NC550m 10Gb 2-port PCIe x8 Flex-10 Ethernet Adapter
NOTE: The NC550m network adapter card is required for each server blade connecting to a 10Gb interconnect
in bays 3-8 (HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure) or bays 3-4 (HP BladeSystem c3000 Enclosure)
NOTE: The NC550m requires a minimum of 2 GB of server memory.
NOTE: The NC550m supports linking at 1000Mbps or 10000Mbps when not connected to a Flex-10 device. The
NC550m will only support 1000Mbps when connected to a 1Gb Ethernet interconnect.
Kit Contents
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581204-B21
NC550m mezzanine adapter
Quick install card
Product warranty statement
Drivers, user guide, and utilities via: http://www.hp.com
Standard Features
Server Support
HP ProLiant BL2x220c G6
HP ProLiant BL280c G6
HP ProLiant BL460c G6
HP ProLiant BL465 G6
HP ProLiant BL465 G7
HP ProLiant BL490c G6
HP ProLiant BL495c G6
HP ProLiant BL495c G5
HP ProLiant BL680c G5
HP ProLiant BL685 G6
HP ProLiant BL685 G7
NOTE: Some servers listed above may be discontinued.
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Performance
Dual-port 10 Gigabit
Ethernet Throughput
The NC550m 20,000 Mbps full duplex Ethernet transfer rate per port (40 Gbps aggregate full duplex)
delivers outstanding network performance that improves response time and removes bottlenecks required
for the next generation data center.
HP Virtual Connect Flex10 10Gb Ethernet
Module for the c-Class
BladeSystem
Evolve 10Gb at your own speed! When paired with the HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet
Modules, take advantage of the Flex Nics, which are PCI Physical Function devices that are OS
independent.
Server ROM recognizes them as individual NICs
Speeds can be set per NIC from 100Mb to 10Gbs in 100Mb increments
Three fold increase in number of network connections per port.
Up to four physical function NICs per port
Jumbo Frames
The NC550m support for jumbo frames (also known as extended frames) permit up to a 9K byte
transmission unit (MTU), which is over five times the size of standard 1500 byte Ethernet frame. The use
of jumbo frames is a way to achieve higher throughput and better CPU utilization. Jumbo frames are
particularly useful for database transfers and tape backups.
802.1p QoS Tagging
IEEE quality of service (QoS) 802.1p tagging allows the adapter to mark or tag frames with a priority
level across a QoS-aware network for improved traffic flow.
TCP/IP Stateless
Offloading
For overall improved system response, the NC550m supports standard TCP/IP stateless offloading
techniques including:
TCP/IP checksum offload (TCO) moves the TCP and IP checksum offloading from the CPU to the
network adapter.
Large send offload (LSO), also known as TCP segmentation offload (TSO), allows TCP
segmentation to be handled by the adapter rather than the CPU.
802.1Q VLANs
IEEE 802.1Q virtual local area network (VLAN) protocol allows each physical port of the NC550m to be
separated into multiple virtual NICs for added network segmentation and enhanced security and
performance. VLANs increase security by isolating traffic between users. Limiting the broadcast traffic to
within the same VLAN domain also improves performance.
PXE
Support for pre-boot execution environment (PXE) enables automatic deployment of computing resources
remotely from anywhere. It allows a new or existing server to boot over the network and download
software, including the operating system, from a management/ deployment server at another location on
the network. Additionally, PXE enables decentralized software distribution and remote troubleshooting
and repairs.
TOE
TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) moves the processing of data in the TCP protocol stack from the server
CPU to the network card, freeing CPU cycles for other duties.
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Performance
RDMA
Not Supported
iSCSI
The NC550m does not support accelerated iSCSI or iSCSI boot.
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Compatibility
Supported Interconnect
Modules
HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 Ethernet Module
HP 1/10Gb Virtual Connect Ethernet Module
HP 1/10Gb-F Virtual Connect Ethernet Module HP
HP 6120XG Blade Switch
HP 6120G/XG Blade Switch
HP 1:10Gb Ethernet BL-c Switch
Cisco Catalyst 3120G Blade Switch for HP
Cisco Catalyst 3120X Blade Switch for HP
Cisco Catalyst 3020 Blade Switch
HP GbE2c Layer 2/3 Ethernet Blade Switch
HP 10GbE Pass-Thru Module
NOTE: Except for the HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 Ethernet Module, the 6120XG and the HP 10GbE
Pass-Thru Module, all other supported interconnects are limited to 1Gb per port connection.
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Service and Support, HP Care Pack, and Warranty Information
Warranty
HP branded hardware options qualified for BladeSystem c-Class and p-Class servers are covered by a
global limited warranty and supported by HP Services and a worldwide network of HP Authorized
Channel Partners. The HP branded hardware option diagnostic support and repair is available for one
year from date of purchase, or the length of the server they are attached to, whichever is greater.
Support for software and initial setup is available for 90 days from date of purchase. Additional support
may be covered under the warranty or available for an additional fee. Enhancements to warranty
services are available through HP Care Pack services or customized service agreements.
Additional information regarding worldwide limited warranty and technical support is available at:
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/platforms/warranty/index.html
Support Services
HP Technology Services
HP Technology Services offers you consultants and support experts to solve your most complex
infrastructure problems. We help keep your business running, boost availability and avoid downtime.
Protect your business beyond warranty with HP Care Pack Services
Recommended Services
When you buy HP Options, it's also a good time to think about what level of service you may need. HP
Care Pack services provide total care and support expertise with committed response choices designed
to meet your IT and business need.
Recommended HP Care Pack Services for optimal satisfaction with your HP product
3-Year HP 24x7 4 hour Response, Hardware Support Onsite Service
Provides you with rapid remote support and if required an HP authorized representative who will arrive
on site any time and day of the year to begin hardware maintenance service within 4 hours of the service
request being logged.
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HP ProLiant Server Hardware Installation
Provides for the basic hardware installation of HP branded servers, storage devices and networking
options to assist you in bringing your new hardware into operation in a timely and professional manner.
Related Services
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Related HP Care Pack Services to enhance your HP product experience
3-Year HP 6 hour Hardware Support Onsite Call-to-Repair Service
Provides an IT manager with a team of support specialists who will quickly begin troubleshooting the
system to help return the hardware to operating condition within 6 hours of the initial service request to
the HP Global Solution Center.
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HP Proactive Select Service
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Service and Support, HP Care Pack, and Warranty Information
Provides a flexible way to purchase HP best-in-class consultancy and technical services. You can buy
Proactive Select Service Credits when you purchase your hardware and then use the credits over the next
12 months.
Insight Remote Support
Parts and materials
Coverage
For more information
http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA2-3842ENN.pdf
Delivers secure remote monitoring and support for HP servers and storage, 24x7 at no additional cost.
Available as part of HP Warranty, Care Pack and Service Contract offers.
HP will provide HP-supported replacement parts and materials necessary to maintain the covered
hardware product in operating condition, including parts and materials for available and recommended
engineering improvements. Supplies and consumable parts will not be provided as part of this service;
standard warranty terms and conditions apply. Parts and components that have exceeded their maximum
supported lifetime and/or the maximum usage limitations as set forth in the manufacturer's operating
manual or the technical product data sheet will not be provided, repaired or replaced as part of this
service.
For ProLiant servers and storage systems, this service covers HP-branded hardware options qualified for
the server, purchased at the same time or afterward, internal to the enclosure, as well as external
monitors up to 22" and tower UPS products; these items will be covered at the same service level and for
the same coverage period as the server unless the maximum supported lifetime and/or the maximum
usage limitation has been exceeded. Coverage of the UPS battery is not included; standard warranty
terms and conditions apply.
The defective media retention service feature option applies only to Disk or eligible SSD/Flash Drives
replaced by HP due to malfunction. It does not apply to any exchange of Disk or SSD/Flash Drives that
have not failed. SSD/Flash Drives that are specified by HP as consumable parts and/or that have
exceeded maximum supported lifetime and/or the maximum usage limit as set forth in the manufacturer's
operating manual or the technical data sheet are not eligible for the defective media retention service
feature option.
To learn more on services for HP ESSN Options, please contact your HP sales representative or HP
Authorized Channel Partner. Or visit: http://www.hp.com/services/proliant or
www.hp.com/services/bladesystem
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Related Options
Additional c-Class
BladeSystem Adapters
HP 10Gb interconnects
HP NC325m PCI Express Quad Port Gigabit Server Adapter
HP NC360m Dual Port 1GbE BL-c Adapter
HP NC364m Quad Port 1GbE BL-c Adapter
HP NC532m Dual Port 10GbE Multifunction BL-c Adapter
HP NC542m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE BL-c Adapter
HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet Module for c-Class BladeSystem
HP 6120XG Blade Switch
HP 10GbE Ethernet Pass-Thru Module for c-Class BladeSystem
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445978-B21
447883-B21
467799-B21
539857-B21
455880-B21
516733-B21
538113-B21
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Technical Specifications
General Specifications
Network processor
Data rate
ServerEngines BE 2 Controller
Two ports, each at 20 Gbps full duplex; 40 Gbps aggregate full duplex
theoretical bandwidth.
PCI Express v2.0 (Gen 2) x8
The NC550m is a Type I card and is supported in any mezzanine slot on all
Gen 6 servers.
802.1p, 802.1q, 802.1qau 802.3u, 802.3ad, 802.3ae, 802.3ap
(10GBase-KX4), 802.3x and 802.3z
0°C to 55°C / 32°F to 131°F
Temperature
10% to 90% non-condensing
Humidity
Bus type
Form factor
IEEE Compliance
Power and Environmental Operating
Specifications
Power requirement
Emissions classification
Agency approvals
14W maximum
FCC Class A
USA
Canada
Japan
Korea
Australia
European Union
RoHS Compliance
Safety
FCC (CFR 47 part 15) and UL 60950
ICES-003 and CSA60950
VCCI
MIC (RRL), EMC Registration
ACA, AS/NZS3548/EN55022:1998,
EN55024:1998
EN55022:1998 (CISPR 22), EN55024:1998,
and IEC60950:1999 (EN60950:2000)
6 of 6
UL Mark (USA and Canada)
CE Mark
EN 60590
Operating System Support Microsoft:
Microsoft
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32-and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Small Business Server
Microsoft Windows 2003 Standard (32 and x64)
Microsoft Windows 2003 Enterprise (32 and x64)
Linux:
Linux
RH5 x86
RH5 AMD64EM64T
SLES9 x86
SLES9 AMD64EM64T
SLES 10 x86 and AMD64EM64T
Virtualization:
Virtualization
MS Virtual Server support on Windows 2008
VMware ESX 4.0
VMware ESX 3.5
NOTE: For more operating system support & certification information, please visit:
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Products returned to HP will be recycled, recovered or disposed of in a
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This information (product disassembly instructions) is posted on the Hewlett
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