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BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module for IBM
BladeCenter
IBM BladeCenter at-a-glance guide
The BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter offers the most bandwidth of any blade
switch and represents the perfect migration platform for clients who are still at 1 Gb outside the chassis by
seamlessly integrating in the existing 1 Gb infrastructure. This is the first 10 Gb switch for IBM
BladeCenter that is convergence ready (that is, able to transmit Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) to
a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE ) capable top-of-rack switch). This new feature is available with
firmware release 6.1.
In addition, this switch is a key part of the IBM Virtual Fabric offering, which allows clients to form eight
virtual network interface controllers (NICs) from one physical NIC and to manage them in virtual groups.
This switch can be managed via a command-line interface (CLI) or a graphical interfaces of the switch
and in the future with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager, providing all the benefits of I/O Virtualization at
10 Gb speeds. Figure 1 shows the switch module.
Figure 1. BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
Did you know
As virtualization has become a prevalent standard in the data center, more people have been looking for
ways to virtualize I/O to reduce cost and complexity while also maximizing I/O resources. Virtual Fabric for
IBM BladeCenter provides fast, flexible, easy, and reliable I/O using the BNT 10G Ethernet Switch Module
and the Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter, which provides the abilities to carve up an NIC into eight virtual
NICs, dynamically allocate bandwidth, manage virtual groups, and so on.
The BNT switch is designed to support a number of different types of configurations from the blade: 1 Gb,
10 Gb, virtual NIC, Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE/FCoE), and iSCSI. If you have a chassis with
multiple servers, some operating at 1 Gb, some at 10 Gb, and some transmitting converged packets, this
single switch can handle all these workloads and can connect to a 1 Gb infrastructure or a 10 Gb
infrastructure, or both.
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Part number information
Table 1 shows the part numbers for ordering these modules and additional options for them.
Table 1. IBM part numbers and feature codes for ordering
Description
IBM part number IBM feature code
BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module*
46C7191
1639
IBM 10GBase-SR 10GbE 850 nm Fiber SFP+ Transceiver
44W4408
4942
* Formerly known as the BNT 10-port 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module
The module part numbers include the following items:
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One BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module
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3-meter mini-USB-to-DB9 serial console cable
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One filler module
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BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module Installation Guide
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BNT user license agreement
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Important Notices document
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Documentation CD-ROM
Note: SFP+ (small form-factor pluggable plus) transceivers are not included.
With the flexibility of the BNT switch, clients can take advantage of the technologies they require for
multiple environments. For 1 Gb uplinks, they can take advantage of SFP transceivers. For 10Gb uplinks,
they have a choice of either SFP+ transceivers (SR or LR) for longer distances or more cost effective and
lower power consuming options such as SFP+ direct-attached cables (DAC), which can be 1-7 meters in
length and are ideal for connecting chassis together, connecting to a top-of-rack switch, or even
connecting to an adjacent rack.
Table 2 shows additional transceivers and direct-attach cable options that are available directly from BNT.
These are in addition to the 10GBase-SR SFP+ transceiver available from IBM listed in Table 1.
Table 2. BNT part numbers for ordering SFP-based transceivers and cables
Description
BNT part number
BLADE 1000Base-T SFP transceiver
BN-CKM-S-T
BLADE 1000Base-SX SFP transceiver
BN-CKM-S-SX
BLADE 10GBase-LR SFP+ transceiver
BN-CKM-SP-LR
SFP+ Copper Direct Attach Cable - 1M
BN-SP-CBL-1M
SFP+ Copper Direct Attach Cable - 3M
BN-SP-CBL-3M
SFP+ Copper Direct Attach Cable - 7M
BN-SP-CBL-7M
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Benefits
The BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module offers the following benefits:
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Integration and consolidation : This module offers integration within the BladeCenter chassis,
consolidating full Layer 2-3 LAN switching and routing capabilities into a single chassis. This helps
flatten the data center infrastructure and reduces the number of discrete devices, management
consoles, and equipment that administrators must deal with, helping lower costs and simplifying
deployment.
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Cost: The BNT switch is priced extremely competitively compared with external switches, especially
when you factor in that no cables are required between the blade and the switch. In addition, the
ability to use direct-attach cables with the switch can help clients save even more compared with the
more expensive CX4, XFP, or X2 transceivers.
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Performance: With support for ten 10 Gb uplinks, clients can exploit not only up to 200 Gbps of
bi-directional uplink bandwidth, but also an extremely low oversubscription (14 to 10), which can
support even the most performance-intensive environments (up to 7.2 Gbps per blade server port).
Clients wanting extreme performance can use up to four switches and the quad port 10 Gb adapter
and get up to 1.92 Tbps of data per BladeCenter H chassis.
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Lower power consumption : BNT using only 75 W per switch delivers extreme performance per watt,
which is second to none with its support for up to 6.4 Gbps per watt of power.
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Layer 3 functionality: The BNT switch module includes Layer 3 functionality, which provides security
and performance benefits as inter-VLAN traffic stays within the chassis. This switch also provides the
full range of Layer 3 protocols from static routes for technologies such as Open Shortest Path First
(OSPF) and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) for enterprise customers.
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Interoperability: BNT switches interoperate seamlessly with other vendors' upstream switches.
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Management: These switches are designed to support multiple CLIs, allowing the IT staff to select the
CLI with which they are most comfortable. Choices are BLADEOS CLI for those with a Nortel switch
background, industry-based CLI (Cisco-like) for those familiar with IOS, and a full-function Web-based
GUI for the latest in simplicity.
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Fault tolerance: These BNT switches learn alternate routes automatically and perform faster
convergence in the unlikely case of a link, switch, or power failure. The switch uses proven
technologies like L2 trunk failover, advanced VLAN-based failover, VRRP, IGMP V3 snooping, and
OSPF.
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Converged fabric : The BNT switch is designed to support CEE and connectivity to FCoE modules,
making the IBM solution fully FCoE capable. CEE will help enable clients to combine storage,
messaging traffic, VoIP, video, and other data on a common data center Ethernet infrastructure.
FCoE will help enable highly efficient block storage over Ethernet for consolidating server network
connectivity. As a result, clients can deploy a single server interface for multiple data types, which can
simplify both deployment and management of server network connectivity, while maintaining the high
availability and robustness required for storage transactions.
Now with the combination of the BNT switch and the QLogic Virtual Fabric Extension Module for IBM
BladeCenter, IBM is able to deliver the only full integrated FCoE blade solution available today which
allows access to an existing FC infrastructure without costs of an external top of rack gateway. This
solution will be appealing to those clients required to have separate LAN and SAN traffic outside the
chassis due to internal politics or for those wanting to implement FCoE but are extremely
cost-sensitive. For information about the QLogic Virtual Fabric Extension Module, see
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0717.html
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The BNT switch comes with a three-year software license that allows for the download of new features,
such as:
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Virtual Fabric for IBM BladeCenter : This new firmware allows for clients to implement and manage
the Virtual Fabric solution via a graphical interface or CLI. It is through this that administrators can
perform tasks such as activating a Virtual Fabric, selecting the number of virtual NICs (vNICs),
dynamically allocating bandwidth, creating virtual groups to simplify management, and setting up the
failover and isolation capabilities to the vNICs for better availability and security.
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VMready: VMready is a unique solution that enables the network to be virtual machine-aware. The
network can be configured and managed for virtual ports (v-ports) rather than just for physical ports.
With VMready, as VMs migrate across physical hosts, so do their network attributes. Virtual machines
can be added, moved, and removed while retaining the same ACLs, QoS, and VLAN attributes.
VMready allows for a define-once-use-many configuration that evolves as the server and network
topologies evolve. VMready works with all virtualization products, including VMware, Hyper-V, Xen,
and KVM, without modification of virtual machine hypervisors or guest operating systems. Available
as part of the 6.1 software code.
Features and specifications
The BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module includes the following features and functions:
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Form-factor
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Single-wide high-speed switch module
Internal ports
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14 internal auto-negotiating ports: 1 Gb or 10 Gb to the server blades
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Two internal full-duplex 100 Mbps ports connected to the management module
External ports
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Up to ten 10 Gb SFP+ ports (also designed to support 1 Gb SFP if required, flexibility of mixing 1
Gb/10 Gb)
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One 10/100/1000 Mb copper RJ-45 used for management or data
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An RS-232 mini-USB connector for serial port that provides an additional means to install
software and configure the switch module
Scalability and performance
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Autosensing 1 Gb/10 Gb internal and external Ethernet ports for bandwidth optimization
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Non-blocking architecture with wire-speed forwarding of traffic and full line rate performance of
480 Gbps full duplex
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Media access control (MAC) address learning: automatic update, supports up to 32 Kb MAC
addresses
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Up to 128 IP interfaces per switch
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Static, EtherChannel, and LACP (IEEE 802.3ad) link aggregation, up to 100 Gb of total bandwidth
per switch, up to 18 trunk groups, and up to eight ports per group
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Support for jumbo frames (up to 12288 bytes)
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Broadcast/multicast storm control
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IGMP snooping for limit flooding of IP multicast traffic (IGMP V1, V2, and V3)
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Configurable traffic distribution schemes over trunk links based on source/destination IP
addresses, MAC addresses, or both
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Fast port forwarding and fast uplink convergence for rapid STP convergence
Availability and redundancy
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VRRP for Layer 3 router redundancy
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IEEE 802.1D STP for providing Layer 2 redundancy with PVRST+
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IEEE 802.1s Multiple STP (MSTP) for topology optimization, up to 128 STP instances supported
by single switch
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IEEE 802.1w Rapid STP (RSTP), providing rapid STP convergence for critical delay-sensitive,
traffic-like voice or video
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Layer 2 Trunk Failover to support active/standby configurations of network adapter teaming on
blades
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Interchassis redundancy (Layer 2 and Layer 3)
Converged Enhanced Ethernet
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CEE support and connectivity to FCoE
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Connects to a top-of-rack switch for connectivity to a Fibre Channel SAN
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Supports the QLogic Virtual Fabric Extension Module for IBM BladeCenter, which provides FCoE
gateway functionality inside the BladeCenter Chassis.
VLAN support
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Up to 1024 VLANs supported per switch; VLAN numbers ranging from 1 to 4095 (4095 is used for
the management module’s connection only.)
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802.1Q VLAN tagging support on all ports
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Protocol-based VLANs
Security
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VLAN-based, MAC-based, and IP-based access control lists (ACLs)
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802.1X port-based authentication
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Multiple user IDs and passwords
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User access control
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Radius, TACACS+, LDAP
Quality of service (QoS)
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Up to eight queues per port
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Support for IEEE 802.1p, IP ToS/DSCP, and ACL-based (MAC/IP source and destination
addresses, VLANs) traffic classification and processing
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Traffic shaping and re-marking based on defined policies
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Eight weighted round robin (WRR) priority queues per port for processing qualified traffic
Layer 3 functions
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IP forwarding
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IP filtering with ACLs (up to 4096 ACLs supported)
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VRRP for router redundancy
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Support for up to 128 static routes
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Routing protocol support (Router Information Protocol (RIP) V1; RIP V2; OSPF V1, V2, and V3;
BGP-4), up to 1024 entries in routing table
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Support for DHCP Relay
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IPv6 management (full IPv6 support including routing is planned to be released in optional version
of firmware in 2009)
Manageability
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Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP, V1, V2, and V3)
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HTTP/HTTPS browser GUI
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Industry-standard CLI and BLADEOS/AlteonOS CLI
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Telnet interface for CLI
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SSH V1/V2
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Serial interface for CLI
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Scriptable CLI
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Firmware image update (TFTP and FTP)
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Network Time Protocol (NTP) for switch clock synchronization
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BNT BLADEHarmony Manager support
Monitoring
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Switch LEDs for external port status and switch module status indication
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Port mirroring for analyzing network traffic passing through switch
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Change tracking and remote logging with syslog feature
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POST diagnostics
Special functions
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Serial over LAN (SOL)
Future features
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Stacking support planned with 1H2010 firmware update
The switch module supports the following IEEE standards:
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IEEE 802.1D STP with PVRST+
IEEE 802.1s MSTP
IEEE 802.1w RSTP
IEEE 802.1p Tagged Packets
IEEE 802.1Q Tagged VLAN (frame tagging on all ports when VLANs are enabled)
IEEE 802.1x port-based authentication
IEEE 802.2 Logical Link Control
IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol
IEEE 802.3x Full-duplex Flow Control
IEEE 802.3ab 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.3ae 10GBASE-SR 10Gb Ethernet fiber optics short range
IEEE 802.3ae 10GBASE-LR 10Gb Ethernet fiber optics long range
IEEE 802.3z 1000BASE-SX Gigabit Ethernet
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Supported BladeCenter chassis and expansion cards
The BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module is supported in the IBM BladeCenter H and HT chassis listed
in Table 3.
Table 3. IBM BladeCenter chassis that supports the BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module
I/O module
Part number
BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module
46C7191
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
The BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module supports the expansion cards listed in Table 4. Table 4 also
lists the chassis bays in which the switch module must be installed when used with each expansion card.
Table 4. BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module and BladeCenter chassis I/O bays support
Description
Part
number
Gigabit Ethernet integrated in the server
None
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFv)
39Y9310
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv)
44W4475
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
QLogic Ethernet and 4Gb FC Card (CFFh)
39Y9306
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)
44W4479
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
QLogic Ethernet and 8Gb FC Card (CFFh)
44X1940
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
NetXen 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)
39Y9271
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
Broadcom 10Gb 2-port Ethernet Exp. Card (CFFh)
44W4466
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
Broadcom 10Gb 4-port Ethernet Exp. Card (CFFh)
44W4465
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Broadcom 10 Gb Gen 2 2-port Ethernet Exp. (CFFh) 46M6168
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
Broadcom 10 Gb Gen 2 4-port Ethernet Exp. (CFFh) 46M6164
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter
(CFFh)
42C1830
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (CFFh)
49Y4235
N
N
N
N
N
N
Y
N
Y
N
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The BladeCenter chassis has the following bays:
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BladeCenter S, E, and T have four standard I/O bays (1, 2, 3, and 4).
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BladeCenter H has four standard I/O bays (1, 2, 3, and 4), two bridge bays (5 and 6), and four
high-speed bays (7, 8, 9, and 10).
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BladeCenter HT has four standard I/O bays (1, 2, 3, and 4) and four high-speed bays (7, 8, 9, and
10).
The BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module fits in one of the high-speed I/O bay (bays 7-10).
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Popular configurations
The BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module can be used in various configurations.
Basic two-port configuration
Figure 2 shows the use of BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Modules to route two Ethernet ports from
Broadcom 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Cards (CFFh) installed on each server. Two BNT Virtual
Fabric 10Gb Switch Modules are installed in bay 7 and bay 9 of the BladeCenter H chassis. All
connections between the controller, card, and switch modules are internal to the chassis. No cabling is
needed.
Figure 2. A 20 Gb solution using two BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Modules
Table 5 lists the components used in this configuration.
Table 5. Components used when connecting Broadcom 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) to
four BNT 10Gb High Speed Switch Modules
Diagram
reference
Part
number/machine
type
Description
Quantity
Varies
IBM BladeCenter HS22 or other supported server
1 to 14
44W4466
Broadcom 2-port 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)
1 per
server
8852 or 8740/8750
BladeCenter H or BladeCenter HT
1
46C7191
BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module
2
44W4408
IBM 10GBase-SR SFP+ Transceiver
Up to 20*
*The BNT 10Gb High Speed Switch Module has 10 external 10 Gb ports. To communicate outside of the
chassis, you must have either one SFP+ transceiver or SFP+ direct-attached cable (DAC) connected.
You have the flexibility to expand your bandwidth as you see fit using from one to 10 connections per
switch.
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4-port configuration
Figure 3 shows the use of BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Modules to route four Ethernet ports from a
Broadcom 4-port 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) installed on each server. Four BNT Virtual
Fabric 10Gb Switch Modules are installed in bay 7, bay 8, bay 9, and bay 10 of the BladeCenter H
chassis. All connections between the controller, card, and switch modules are internal to the chassis. No
cabling is needed.
Figure 3. A 40 Gb solution using four BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Modules
Table 6 lists the components used in this configuration.
Table 6. Components used when connecting Broadcom 4-port 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) to
four BNT 10Gb High Speed Switch Modules
Diagram
reference
Part
number/machine
type
Description
Quantity
Varies
IBM BladeCenter HS22 or other supported server
1 to 14
44W4465
Broadcom 4-port 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)
1 per
server
8852 or 8740/8750
BladeCenter H or BladeCenter HT
1
46C7191
BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module
4
44W4408
IBM 10GBase-SR SFP+ Transceiver
Up to 40*
*The BNT 10Gb High Speed Switch Module has 10 external 10 Gb ports. In order to communicate outside
of the chassis you must have either one SFP+ transceiver or SFP+ direct-attached cable (DAC)
connected. You have the flexibility to expand your bandwidth as you see fit using from one to 10
connections per switch.
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Connectors and LEDs
Figure 4 shows the front panel of the BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module.
Figure 4. Front panel of the BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module
The front panel contains the following components:
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LEDs display the status of the switch module and the network:
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OK: indicates that the switch module has passed the power-on self-test (POST) with no critical
faults and is operational
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Switch-module error: indicates that the switch module has failed the POST or detected an
operational fault
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One USB RS-232 console port provides an additional means to install software and configure the
switch module. This USB-style connector enables the connection of a special serial cable that is
supplied with the switch module.
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Ten SFP+ port connectors to attach SFP+ modules.
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One RJ-45 Ethernet port connector.
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Each external SFP+ port on the switch module contains a link/activity LED, and an RJ-45 port
contains Ethernet link OK and Ethernet Tx/Rx activity LEDs.
Network cabling requirements
The following network cables are supported for the BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module:
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10GBASE-SR for 10 Gb ports: 850 Nm wavelength, multimode fiber, 50 µ or 62.5 µ (300 meters
maximum), with LC duplex connector
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1000BASE-T for RJ-45 port:
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UTP Category 6 (100 meters maximum)
UTP Category 5e (100 meters maximum)
UTP Category 5 (100 meters maximum)
EIA/TIA-568B 100-ohm STP (100 meters maximum)
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Related publications
For more information see the following BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module product publications,
available from:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5080917
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Installation Guide
Application Guide
Command Reference
isCLI Reference
BBI (Browser-based Interface) Quick Guide
Release Notes
End User License Agreement
Other documents:
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IBM BladeCenter Virtual Fabric home page:
http://www.ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/hardware/openfabric/virtualfabric.html
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IBM Redbooks at-a-glance guide Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0748.html
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IBM Redbooks at-a-glance guide QLogic Virtual Fabric Extension Module for IBM BladeCenter
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0717.html
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IBM US Announcement Letter:
http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-288
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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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