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Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter

IBM BladeCenter at-a-glance guide

The Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) is an Ethernet expansion card with two 1 Gb Ethernet ports designed for BladeCenter servers with CIOv expansion slots. It is based on proven Broadcom 5709S ASIC technology and offers value added features like TCP Offload (TOE) and software-based iSCSI support for high performance.

This card is installed into the CIOv slot of the supported blade server. It provides connections to Ethernet-compatible modules located in bays 3 and 4 of supported BladeCenter chassis. The CIOv slot is a second generation PCI Express x8 slot. A maximum of one Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) is supported per single-wide blade server.

The Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv)

Did you know?

Today's virtualized servers require a larger number of network adapters. This adapter is a perfect fit for these environments because it can enable up to eight Ethernet ports per blade server.

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 is designed to work with the CFFh adapter to support this combination workload.

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Part number information

Table 1. Ordering part number and feature code

Description

Part number

Feature code

 

 

 

Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter

44W4475

1039

 

 

 

This part number includes the following items:

zOne Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter

zThe Documentation CD that contains Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) for IBM BladeCenter Installation and User’s Guide

zThe IBM Important Notices document

Features

The expansion card has the following features:

zPCI Express host interface

zBroadcom BCM5709S communication module

zBladeCenter Open Fabric Manager (BOFM) support

zConnection to 1000BASE-X environments using BladeCenter Ethernet switches

zFull-duplex (FDX) capability, enabling simultaneous transmission and reception of data on the Ethernet local area network (LAN)

zFailover support

zPreboot Execution Environment (PXE) support

zSupport for direct memory access (DMA)

zWake on LAN support for both ports

Operating environment

The expansion card is supported in this environment:

zTemperature:

z10 to 35°C (50 to 95°F) at 0 to 914 m (0 to 3,000 ft)

z10 to 32°C (50 to 90°F) at 914 to 2,133 m (3,000 to 7,000 ft)

zRelative humidity: 8% to 80%

zMaximum altitude: 2,133 m (7,000 ft)

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Supported servers and I/O modules

The Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) is supported in the IBM BladeCenter servers listed in Table 2.

Table 2. Supported servers

Expansion card

Part number

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet Expansion Card

44W4475

N

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

(CIOv)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 shown in green in Figure 2.

Figure 2. Location of the CIOv slot in the IBM BladeCenter HS22

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The Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) requires that a supported I/O module is installed in bay 3 and bay 4 of the chassis that the cards and servers are installed in. The supported I/O modules are:

zAny IBM, BNT or Cisco Ethernet Switch Module (standard form-factor switch module)

zOptical Pass-thru Module

zCopper Pass-thru Module

zIntelligent Copper Pass-thru Module

Popular configurations

This section shows two popular configurations using the Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv).

Adding two extra Ethernet ports per blade server

Most often, the Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) is used to expand the number of Ethernet ports per blade to increase network bandwidth. This is shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. The Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) provides two extra Ethernet ports per blade server

The components used in this configuration are listed in Table 3.

Table 3. Components used when connecting the Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) to external Ethernet network

Diagram

Part number /

Description

Quantity

reference

Machine type

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Varies

IBM BladeCenter HS22 or other supported server

1 to 14

 

 

 

 

 

44W4475

Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv)

1 per

 

 

 

server

 

 

 

 

 

Varies

IBM BladeCenter E, BladeCenter H, or BladeCenter S*

1

 

 

 

 

 

Varies

Any Ethernet-compatible switch module

1 or 2

 

 

 

 

*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 Ethernet expansion card will go in the place of the SAS expansion card needed to connected to the DSMs. Instead, use the 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh), part number 44W4479.

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iSCSI SAN storage solution

In addition, this card can be used to connect to external iSCSI-based entry-level SAN, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. IBM BladeCenter connected to an external IBM System Storage DS3300 storage solution The components used in this configuration are listed in Table 4.

Table 4. Components used when connecting the Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) to external iSCSI disk storage

Diagram

Part number /

Description

Quantity

reference

Machine type

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Varies

IBM BladeCenter HS22 or other supported server

1 to 14

 

 

 

 

 

44W4475

Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv)

1 per

 

 

 

server

 

 

 

 

 

Varies

IBM BladeCenter E, BladeCenter H, or BladeCenter S*

1

 

 

 

 

 

Varies

Any Ethernet-compatible switch module

1 or 2

 

 

 

 

 

1726-31X or

IBM System Storage DS3300 (Single or Dual Controller)

1

 

1726-32X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Ethernet expansion card will go in the place of the SAS expansion card needed to connected to the DSMs. Instead, use the 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh), part number 44W4479.

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 4.)

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Supported operating systems

The following operating systems support the expansion card:

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Enterprise x64 Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard x64 Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Premium Edition

zMicrosoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/2003 R2 Standard Edition

zRed Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition

zRed Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition

zRed Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition

zSUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T

zSUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for x86

zSUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T

zSUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for x86

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.

Related publications

For more information refer to these documents:

zEthernet Expansion Card (CIOv) Installation and User's Guide: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-080268

zIBM US Announcement Letter for the Ethernet Expansion Card (CIOv) http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS109-101

zIBM BladeCenter Interoperability Guide http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5073016

zIBM Redbooks publication IBM BladeCenter Products and Technology: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247523.html

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