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QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for
IBM BladeCenter
IBM BladeCenter at-a-glance guide
The QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for BladeCenter enables you to quickly and
simply connect the BladeCenter servers with CIOv expansion slots to a Fibre Channel SAN. Simply pick
any Fibre Channel storage solution from the IBM System Storage DS3000, DS4000, DS5000, and
DS8000 series, and begin accessing data over a high-speed interconnect.
This card is installed into the PCI Express CIOv slot of a supported blade server. It provides connections
to Fibre Channel-compatible modules located in bays 3 and 4 of supported BladeCenter chassis. A
maximum of one QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) is supported per single-wide (30
mm) blade server.
The QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)
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The adapter connects to the midplane directly, 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.
The adapter is based on the PCI Express bus, which can be thought of as a high-speed serial
replacement of the older technology. Its use offers many benefits, including higher speeds and the ability
to send and receive data at the same time.
When using the CIOv adapter, you can simultaneously use a CFFh adapter to enable more types of I/O to
supported blade servers such as the HS22 when installed in the IBM BladeCenter H chassis. The
innovative design of the CIOv adapter works with the CFFh adapter to support this combination.
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Part number information
The part number to order this card is shown in Table 1.
Table 1. Ordering part number and feature code
Description
Part number
Feature code
QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter
46M6065
3594 / 8241*
* The first feature code is for use with the System x sales channel. The second feature code is for use
with the Power Systems sales channel
The part number includes the following items:
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One QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter
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The Documentation CD that contains QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM
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The IBM Important Notices document
BladeCenter Installation and User’s Guide
Features
The QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) has the following features:
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CIOv form factor
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PCI Express 2.0 host interface
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Support for two full-duplex Fibre Channel ports at 4 Gbps maximum per channel
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Support for Fibre Channel Protocol SCSI (FCP-SCSI) and Fibre Channel Internet Protocol (FC-IP)
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Support for Fibre Channel service (class 3)
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Support for switched fabric, point-to-point, and Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) connections
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Configuration and boot support in BIOS and UEFI
Operating environment
The expansion card is supported in this environment:
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Temperature:
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10 to 35°C (50 to 95°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)
10 to 32°C (50 to 90°F) at 914 to 2,133 m (3,000 to 7,000 ft)
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Relative humidity: 8% to 80%
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Maximum altitude: 2,133 m (7,000 ft)
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Supported servers and I /O modules
The QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) is supported in the IBM BladeCenter servers
listed in Table 2.
Table 2. Supported servers
Expansion card
Part
number
QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel 46M6065
Expansion Card (CIOv)
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
See IBM ServerProven for the latest information on the expansion cards supported by each blade server
type: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.
CIOv expansion cards are installed in the CIOv slot in supported servers such as the HS22 as highlighted
in red in Figure 2.
Figure 2. Location of the CIOv slot in the IBM BladeCenter HS22
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The QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) supports the I/O modules listed in Table 3. The
table also lists the BladeCenter chassis that support each I/O module.
The card requires that a supported I/O module is installed in bay 3 or bay 4 of the chassis, however for
redundancy and performance purposes, we recommend that you install two I/O modules in the chassis,
one in bay 3 and one in bay 4 of the chassis.
Table 3. I/O module and chassis combinations supported with the QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion
Card (CIOv)
I/O module
Part number
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
Brocade Enterprise 20-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module
42C1828
N
Y
Y
N
Y
Brocade 20-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module
44X1920
N
Y
Y
N
Y
Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module
44X1921
N
Y
Y
N
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
IBM BladeCenter Optical Pass-thru Module
39Y9316
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 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 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:
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The BladeCenter S does not support all I/O modules, as shown in Table 3.
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When using an IBM BladeCenter Optical Pass-thru Module (OPM), the speed of the Fibre Channel
link will be limited to 2 GB. This is a limitation of the OPM.
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Many of the I/O modules listed in the table also support the Mutli-Switch Interconnect Module (MSIM)
and MSIM-HT. However, we do not list that support here since CIOv expansion cards do not support
the use of the MSIM or MSIM-HT.
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Popular configurations
This section illustrates how the QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) can be used in
configurations. Figure 3 shows the CIOv 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.
Figure 3. IBM BladeCenter connected to an external IBM System Storage DS3400 storage solution
The parts used in this configuration are listed in Table 4.
Table 4. Components used when connecting the QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) to
external disk storage (as shown in Figure 3)
Diagram
reference
Part number /
Machine type
Description
Quantity
Varies
IBM BladeCenter HS22 or other supported server
1 to 14
46M6065
QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)
1 per
server
8677 or 8852*
IBM BladeCenter E, BladeCenter H, or BladeCenter S*
1
Varies
Any Brocade, QLogic or Cisco Fibre Channel Switch module or
Optical Pass-thru module
1 or 2
1726-41X or
1726-42X
IBM System Storage DS3400 (Single or Dual Controller)
1
1727
Optional IBM System Storage EXP3000 (Single or Dual ESM)
1 to 3
39R6536
DS3000 Partition Expansion License
1
*Note: The expansion card can be installed in servers in the BladeCenter S (8886). However, by doing so
you will 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 connected to the DSMs.
This configuration will also require 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 3.)
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Supported operating systems
The QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) supports the following operating systems:
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IBM AIX 5L for POWER Version 5.3
IBM AIX Version 6.1
IBM Virtual I/O Server
IBM i operating system 6.1
Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition Unlimited Virtualization
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 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 Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS for x86
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 ES for x86
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 WS/HPC for x86
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 for IBM POWER
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for IBM POWER
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for IBM POWER
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for x86
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for IBM POWER
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
VMware ESX 3.5
VMware ESX 4.0
VMware ESXi 3.5
VMware ESXi 4.0
See IBM ServerProven for the latest information on 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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Related publications
For more information refer to these documents:
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QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) Installation and User Guide:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5079686
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IBM US Announcement Letter
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-101
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IBM BladeCenter Interoperability Guide
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5073016
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IBM Redbooks publication IBM BladeCenter Products and Technology:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247523.html
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