IBM BladeCenter features expand network communications options

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 109-545
October 20, 2009

 
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New network communication features are available on the IBM® BladeCenter® H chassis and the IBM BladeCenter JS12, JS22, and JS23/JS43 blade servers:

BladeCenter H:

IBM BladeCenter JS12, JS22, and JS23/JS43:

Also announcing are:

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).


 
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October 30, 2009


 
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Changes to the IBM i Edition for BladeCenter S (#0775)

The SAS RAID Controller Switch Module (#3734) is not orderable with the IBM i Edition for BladeCenter S (#0775).

New IBM i Edition for BladeCenter S with RAID (#0776)

When you order the IBM i Edition for BladeCenter S with RAID, you must order the minimum configuration to be eligible to order feature 0776. This offering is available only as initial order.

The minimum configuration for the IBM i Edition for BladeCenter S with RAID must include a BladeCenter S chassis (7779-BCS) with:


Note: Features 4154, 4545, and 3734 cannot be removed. Feature 5452 can be removed if features 1590, 3174, 3212, or 3220 are ordered. Three of feature 3749 can be removed if larger capacity drives are ordered (3 x #3762, or 3 x #3747). Two of feature 4578 is a default that can be changed. The minimum configuration for the IBM i Edition for BladeCenter S with RAID must include an IBM BladeCenter JS12 Express (7998-60X) with:


Note: Features 8442, 8250, 5406, and 2145 cannot be removed. Feature 8229 can be removed if larger memory DIMMs (#8239 or #8245) are ordered. One feature 8444 can be removed and replaced with feature 8443 if the order meets the requirements of an Express Product Offering. Other options can also be added to the IBM i Edition for BladeCenter S with RAID configuration. In addition, one IBM i processor entitlement with one-year Software Maintenance and a minimum of 10 user entitlements are required. PowerVM Standard Edition is included with the BladeCenter JS12 at no additional charge. This edition delivers PowerVM virtualization technology, including Micro-Partitioning™, Virtual I/O Server with Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM), Lx86, and Virtual LAN features.

Brocade 10-port 8 Gb SAN Switch

The Brocade 10-port 8 Gb SAN Switch Module for BladeCenter:

Brocade 20-port 8 Gb SAN Switch

The Brocade 20-port 8 Gb SAN Switch Module for BladeCenter:

Brocade 8 Gb SFP+ Transceiver

The Brocade 8 Gb SFP+ Short-wave Optic Transceiver for IBM BladeCenter is for use with Brocade 8 Gb 10-port SAN Switch Module (#5045) and Brocade 8 Gb 20-port SAN Switch Module (#5869).

Voltaire QDR 4X Infiniband Switch

The 40 Gb Switch Module offers scalability in LAN switch complexity while maintaining ease of management. This switch module enables administrators to provide full layer 2/3 10 Gb LAN switching and routing capabilities to each server within a BladeCenter chassis. The Infiniband Switch Module offers fourteen 40 Gb ports to each server and sixteen ports out of the chassis per switch.

The Voltaire 40 Gb Infiniband Switch Module:

BNT 10-port 10 Gb Ethernet Switch Module

The BNT 10-port 10 Gb Ethernet Switch Module is a high-speed addition to the BladeCenter switch portfolio. It offers scalability in LAN switch complexity while maintaining ease of management.

The BNT 10-port 10 Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter is a new switch option designed for the next-generation IBM BladeCenter chassis that enables administrators to provide full Layer 2/3 10 Gb LAN switching and routing capabilities to each server within a BladeCenter chassis. Such consolidation flattens the topology of the data center infrastructure through convergence of storage and data networks, thus helping reduce the number of discrete devices, management consoles, and different management systems.

The BNT 10 Gb Switch Module is a full-fabric Ethernet switch and is available in a 10-port active configuration. It supports high-performance up to 10 Gb per second Ethernet data processing solutions across the LAN.

The BNT 10-port 10 Gb Ethernet Switch Module includes the following features and functions:

10 Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module

The 10 Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module for IBM BladeCenter is ideal for clients looking to enable end-to-end nonblocking 10 Gb setup within the chassis. This device supports both Ethernet and Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE ) packets, which allows clients to connect a BladeCenter chassis to an FCoE-capable top-of-rack switch.

The fourteen 10 Gb Uplink ports are based on optical SFP+ technology to offer the highest performance while maintaining industry standard connectivity. This offering will also work with BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager, providing all the benefits of I/O Virtualization at 10 Gb speeds.

Clients can use this module along with the 2-port 10 Gb Converged Network Adapter (CNA) and connect to a converged top-of-rack switch such as the Brocade 8000 or Nexus 5K. This setup allows clients to reduce hardware, as well as power and cooling costs, while boosting performance by operating at 10 Gb bandwidth.

Features and specifications

The 10 Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module includes the following features and functions:

QLogic 2-port 10 Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh)

The QLogic 2-port 10 Gb Converged Network Adapter (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter offers robust 8 Gb Fibre Channel storage connectivity and 10 Gb networking over a single Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) link. Because this adapter combines the functions of a network interface card and a host bus adapter on a single converged adapter, clients can realize potential benefits in cost, power, and cooling, and data center footprint by deploying less hardware.

Features:

The expansion card has the following features:

Stateless offload features include:


Note: VIOS attachment requires VIOS 2.1.2.0, or later.

DVD-RAM write capability

DVD-RAM write capability is now available with feature number 4154 with AIX®, VIOS, and IBM i (as a client or VIOS). This write capability includes support for the following AIX and VIOS commands in conjunction with DVD-RAM (DVD-R/W) media: mkcd, mkdvd, tar, and cpio. For IBM i, all DVD-RAM operations that are supported by IBM i are available. The following levels of AIX, VIOS, or IBM i are required in order to support this capability:


Note: VIOS attachment requires VIOS 2.1.2.0, or later.

QLogic 8 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (Cffh)(#8271) now supported by AIX, VIOS, and IBM i

The following additional operating system levels now support the QLogic 8 Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (Cffh), feature number 8271:

Port ID Virtualization: NPIV:

NPIV provides direct access to Fibre Channel adapters from multiple client partitions, simplifying the management of Fibre Channel SAN environments. NPIV support is included with PowerVM Express, Standard, and Enterprise Edition and supports AIX V5.3, AIX V6.1, IBM i 6.1.1 hosted by VIOS 2.1.2, and SUSE Linux® Enterprise Server 11 partitions on JS POWER blades with an 8 Gb Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA). Supported 8 Gb Fibre Channel HBAs feature number are 8240, 8242, and 8271. The following levels of AIX and VIOS are required for NPIV on blades:

See table for interoperability.

N PIV                    AIX Client                      IBM i Client
Compatibility
Matrix        QLogic     QLogic     Emulex    QLogic     QLogic     Emulex    
              8GB CIOv   8GB CFFh   8GB CIOv  8GB  CIOv  8GB CFFh   8GB CIOv  
                                                                              
              Feature    Feature    Feature   Feature    Feature    Feature   
              #8242      #8271      #8240     #8242      #8271      #8240     
                                                                              
              See Note 1 See Note 1           See Note 1 See Note 1           
 
QLogic 4GB       Yes        Yes        No        Yes,        Yes,      No     
Switc                                          Virtual     Virtual            
Modules                                       Tape only   Tape only           
Features                                                                      
Codes                                                                         
#3243,#3244                                                                   
                                                                              
See Note 2                                                                    
 
QLogic 8GB       Yes        Yes        No        Yes,        Yes,      No     
Switch                                         Virtual     Virtual            
Modules                                       Tape only   Tape only           
Feature                                                                       
Code                                                                          
#3284                                                                         
See Note 3                                                                    
 
Brocade 4GB      No         No         No        No          No        No     
Switch                                                                        
Modules                                                                       
Feature                                                                       
Codes                                                                         
#3206,#3207                                                                   
 
Brocade 8GB      Yes        Yes        Yes       Yes,        Yes,      Yes,   
Switch                                         Virtual     Virtual   Virtual  
Modules                                       Tape only   Tape only Tape only 
Feature                                                                       
Codes                                                                         
#5045,#5869                                                                   
 
 
 
N PIV                    Linux Client          
Compatibility
Matrix        QLogic 8GB QLogic 8GB Emulex 8GB 
              CIOv       CFFh       CIOv       
                                               
              Feature    Feature    Feature    
              Code #8242 Code #8271 Code #8240 
                                               
              See Note 1 See Note 1            
 
QLogic 4GB       Yes        Yes        No      
Switc                                          
Modules                                        
Features                                       
Codes                                          
#3243,#3244                                    
See Note 2                                     
 
QLogic 8GB       Yes        Yes        No      
Switch                                         
Modules                                        
Feature                                        
Code                                           
#3284                                          
See Note 3                                     
 
Brocade 4GB      No         No         No      
Switch                                         
Modules                                        
Feature                                        
Codes                                          
#3206,#3207                                    
 
Brocade 8GB      Yes        Yes        Yes     
Switch                                         
Modules                                        
Feature                                        
Codes                                          
#5045,#5869                                    
 
Note 1
Requires firmware version level 5.02.01, or later
Note 2
Requires firmware version level 6.5.0.22.00, or later
Note 3
Requires firmware version level 7.10.1.04, or later

Virtual Tape: PowerVM has two virtualization methods for using tape devices on IBM POWER6™ processor-based servers, simplifying backup and restore operations. Both methods are supported with PowerVM Express, Standard, or Enterprise Edition. NPIV enables PowerVM LPARs to access SAN tape libraries using shared physical HBA resources for AIX V5.3, AIX V6.1, IBM i 6.1.1 hosted by VIOS 2.1.2, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 partitions. Virtual tape support allows serial sharing of selected SAS tape devices for AIX V5.3, AIX V6.1, IBM i 6.1, or later, hosted by VIOS 2.1.1 or later, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 partitions.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at:

http://www-03.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM Power® System models are capable, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.


 
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IBM plans to enhance its support of QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter CFFh (#8275) on the Linux and IBM AIX operating systems in first half 2010 by adding N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) capability through VIOS. IBM plans to enhance its support of QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter CFFh (#8275) on the IBM i operating system in second half 2010 by adding Fibre Channel and N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) capability through VIOS.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Any reliance on these statements of general direction is at the relying party's sole risk and will not create liability or obligation for IBM.


 
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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM BladeCenter 7778, 7779, 7989, and 7998 machine type:

                                                  Machine       Feature
Description                                       type  Model   number
 
IBM i Edition Offering Indicator #2               7779  BCS     0776
                                                  7998  60X
Voltaire 40 Gb Infiniband Switch Module for IBM
BladeCenter                                       7989  BCH     3204
BNT 10-port 10 Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM
BladeCenter                                       7989  BCH     3248
QDR InfiniBand 3M QSFP Cable                      7989  BCH     3249
Brocade 10-port 8 Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM
BladeCenter                                       7989  BCH     5045
Brocade 8 Gb SFP+ Short-wave Optic Transceiver    7989  BCH     5358
10 Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module                   7989  BCH     5412
Brocade 20-port 8 Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM
BladeCenter                                       7989  BCH     5869
QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter CFFh 7778  23X     8275
                                                  7998  60X
                                                        61X

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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=109-545

 
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No publications are shipped with the announced features.


 
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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

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The following are newly announced features on the specific models of the IBM BladeCenter 7778, 7779, 7989, and 7998 machine type:

                                             Minimum Initial/
                                             Monthly MES/
Description          Model  Feature Purchase Maint.  Both/        RP
Machine Type 7778    number numbers price    Charge  Support  CSU MES
QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter CFFh
                       23X     8275                  Both     Yes No
 
                                             Minimum Initial/
                                             Monthly MES/
Description          Model  Feature Purchase Maint.  Both/        RP
Machine Type 7779    number numbers price    Charge  Support  CSU MES
IBM i Edition Offering Indicator #2
                       BCS     0776     NC           Initial  N/A No
 
                                             Minimum Initial/
                                             Monthly MES/
Description          Model  Feature Purchase Maint.  Both/        RP
Machine Type 7989    number numbers price    Charge  Support  CSU MES
Voltaire 40 Gb Infiniband Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
                       BCH     3204                  Both     Yes No
BNT 10-port 10 Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
                       BCH     3248                  Both     Yes No
QDR InfiniBand 3M QSFP Cable
                       BCH     3249                  Both     Yes No
Brocade 10-port 8 Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
                       BCH     5045                  Both     Yes No
Brocade 8 Gb SFP+ Short-wave Optic Transceiver
                       BCH     5358                  Both     Yes No
10 Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module
                       BCH     5412                  Both     Yes No
Brocade 20-port 8 Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter
                       BCH     5869                  Both     Yes No
 
                                             Minimum Initial/
                                             Monthly MES/
Description          Model  Feature Purchase Maint.  Both/        RP
Machine Type 7998    number numbers price    Charge  Support  CSU MES
IBM i Edition Offering Indicator #2
                       60X     0776     NC           Initial  N/A No
QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter CFFh
                       60X     8275                  Both     Yes No
                       61X                           Both     Yes No
 
 
Machine typeModelFeature numberDescriptionSystem x equivalentPrice
777823X8275QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter CFFh42C1830$1,499
7989BCH3204Voltaire 40 Gb Infiniband Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter46M600511,999
7989BCH3248BNT 10-port 10 Gb Ethernet Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter46C719111,199
7989BCH3249QDR InfiniBand 3M QSFP Cable49Y9980159
7989BCH5045Brocade 10-port 8 Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter44X19216,699
7989BCH5358Brocade 8 Gb SFP+ Short-wave Optic Transceiver44X1962329
7989BCH541210 Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module46M61814,999
7989BCH5869Brocade 20-port 8 Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter44X19209,779
799860X8275QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter CFFh42C18301,499
799861X8275QLogic 2-port 10Gb Converged Network Adapter CFFh42C18301,499
7779BCS0776IBM i Edition for BladeCenter S with RAIDNANC
799860X0776i Edition Express Offering Indicator #2NANC
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