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Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for
IBM BladeCenter
IBM BladeCenter at-a-glance guide
The Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter enables high-performance
connection to a storage area network (SAN). Thanks to the innovative design of the IBM BladeCenter
midplane, this Fibre Channel adapter operates without needing an optical transceiver module, saving you
significant hardware costs. Each adapter provides dual paths to the SAN switches to ensure full
redundancy. Meanwhile the exclusive firmware-based architecture allows firmware and features to be
upgraded without taking the server offline or rebooting and without needing to upgrade the driver.
Figure 1 shows the Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv).
Figure 1. Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)
Did you know?
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.
This expansion card connects directly to the midplane without having to use cables or optical modules. By
eliminating these components for up to 14 servers, the resulting savings alone covers the BladeCenter
chassis investment.
You can upgrade the firmware of Emulex host bus adapters (HBAs) without taking the server offline or
rebooting. This is an exclusive Emulex feature that minimizes downtime and protects the investment in
your infrastructure.
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Part number information
Table 1 shows the part number to order this card.
Table 1. Part number and feature code for ordering
Description
Part number
Feature code*
Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter
46M6140
3598 / 8240
* The first feature code listed is for configurations available through the System x sales channel. The
second feature code listed is for configurations available through the Power Systems sales channel
This part number includes the following items:
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One Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter
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Documentation CD that contains the Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM
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Important Notices document
BladeCenter Installation and User’s Guide
Features
The expansion card has the following features and benefits:
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Support of the 8 Gbps Fibre Channel standard
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Use of the Emulex "Saturn" 8Gb Fibre Channel I/O Controller (IOC) chip
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Enablement of high-speed and dual-port connection to a Fibre Channel SAN
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Can be combined with a CFFh card on the same blade server
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Comprehensive virtualization capabilities with support for N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) and Virtual
Fabric
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Simplified installation and configuration using common HBA drivers
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Efficient administration by using HBAnyware for HBAs anywhere in the SAN
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Common driver model that eases management and enables upgrades independent of HBA firmware
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Support of BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager
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Support for NPIV when installed in the JS23/JS43
IBM BladeCenter leads the industry in delivering integrated fabric switching to the blade server
environment. Integrated fabric switching eases deployment, simplifies the data center, reduces cabling
and optical transceivers (SFPs), and lowers costs. BladeCenter clients have the flexibility to choose from
a variety of SAN switch vendor's architectures.
Each BladeCenter server provides redundant connections to data and storage networks. You can
configure your blade servers with dual port host bus adapters and be assured that you will always have a
connection to your SAN by using BladeCenter's high availability midplane. Through integration,
BladeCenter eliminates the fiber-optic cables from the server to the switch. This reduces the opportunity
for misconfiguration and lowers the expense for cables and optical transceivers. It also reduces potential
points of failure, while increasing network availability.
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Specifications
The expansion card has the following specifications:
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Fibre Channel specifications:
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Bandwidth: Burst transfer rate of up to 1600 MBps full-duplex per port
Support for point-to-point fabric connection: F-Port Fabric Login
Support for Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) and FCAL-2 FL-Port Login
Support for Fibre Channel services class 2 and 3
Single-chip design with two independent 8 Gbps serial Fibre Channel ports, each of which provides:
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Reduced instruction set computer (RISC) processor
Integrated serializer/deserializer
Receive direct memory access (DMA) sequencer
Frame buffer
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Onboard DMA: DMA controller for each port: Transmit and receive
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Frame buffer first in, first out (FIFO): Integrated transmit and receive frame buffer for each data
channel
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Internal memory:
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1.5 MB internal high-speed SRAM, ECC protected
4 MB non-volatile RAM (NVRAM), 2 MB per port
Operating environment
The expansion card is supported in the following environment:
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Temperature: 10 to 52°C (50 to 126°F) operating (requires airflow of 50-150 linear feet per minute)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
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Supported servers and I /O modules
This card is installed in the PCI Express CIOv slot of a supported blade server. It provides 8 Gbps
connections to Fibre Channel-compatible modules in bays 3 and 4 of supported BladeCenter chassis. A
maximum of one CIOv expansion is supported per single-wide (30 mm) blade server. Table 2 lists the
IBM BladeCenter servers that support the Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv).
Table 2. Supported servers
Expansion card
Emulex 8Gb FC Expansion
Card (CIOv)
Part
number
46M6140
N
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
N
See IBM ServerProven at the following address for the latest information about 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 as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2. Location of the CIOv slot in the IBM BladeCenter HS22
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The Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) requires that a supported I/O module is installed
in bay 3 and bay 4 of the chassis in which the cards and servers are installed.
Table 3 lists the supported I/O modules that can be used to connect to the expansion card. The 8 Gb
switch modules are recommended. The card also supports 4 Gb Fibre Channel switch modules and the 4
Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module. However, the card must operate at the 4 Gbps rate. The card also
supports the Optical Pass Through Module but only at 2 Gbps (a limitation of the OPM).
Table 3. I/O modules recommended for use with the Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)
Part number
Supported I/O modules (operate at 8 Gbps)
QLogic 20-Port 8Gb SAN Switch Module
44X1905
Y
Y
Y
Y*
Y§
QLogic 8Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module
44X1907
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§
Supported I/O modules (operate at 4 Gbps)
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
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
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 4 Gb Intelligent Pass-thru Module
43W6723
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 Intelligent Pass-thru Module
43W6723
Y
Y
Y
Y*
Y
39Y9316
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Supported I/O modules (operate at 2 Gbps)
IBM BladeCenter Optical Pass-thru Module
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Take into account the following restrictions regarding the use of switch modules listed in Table 3:
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(*) When any of the switch modules indicated with (*) is installed in BladeCenter T, the internal switch
connections to blade ports operate at 2 Gbps. The external ports operate at up to 8 Gbps (or 4 Gbps
for 4 Gb switch modules).
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(§) When any of these switch modules that have the section indicator symbol (§) is installed in
BladeCenter HT, the internal switch connections to blade ports are supported at 4 Gbps. The external
ports operate at up to 8 Gbps (or 4 Gbps for 4 Gb switch modules).
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The Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) can be installed in servers in the
BladeCenter S and are used with supported switch modules as shown in the table. However, by doing
so, you lose the ability to connect to the BladeCenter S Disk Storage Modules (DSMs). The Fibre
Channel expansion card goes in the place of the SAS expansion card that is needed to connect to the
DSMs.
Popular configurations
The Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) can be used in various configurations. Figure 3
shows the CIOv card installed in a supported blade server, which in turn is 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
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Table 4 lists the parts that are used in the configuration shown in Figure 3.
Table 4. Components used when connecting the Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) to
external disk storage (as shown in Figure 3)
Diagram
reference
Part
number/machine
type
Description
Quantity
7870
IBM BladeCenter HS22 or other supported server
1 to 14
46M6140
Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv)
1 per
server
Varies
IBM BladeCenter chassis* (see Table 3)
1
44X1905
QLogic 20-Port 8Gb SAN Switch 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 lose the ability to connect to the BladeCenter S Disk Storage Modules (DSMs). The Fibre Channel
expansion card goes in the place of the SAS expansion card that is needed to connect to the DSMs.
This configuration also requires 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 4.)
Operating system support
The Emulex 8Gb 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 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 R2 x64 Datacenter Edition Unlimited Virtualization
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
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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 iSeries and pSeries
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 5 for System i and System p
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition with Xen
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
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
VMware ESX 3.5
VMware ESXi 3.5
See IBM ServerProven at the following address for the latest information about the specific versions and
service packs that are 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.
Related publications
For more information, see the following resources:
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Emulex 8Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv) Installation and User's Guide
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5080195
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IBM U.S. Announcement Letter
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-283
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IBM U.S. Announcement Letter for NPIV support on JS23/JS43
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-545
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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, SG24-7523
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247523.html
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