Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN module for Dell M1000e Blade Enclosures

Get enterprise-class performance, improved scalability and easy deployment with the Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module, a flexible, standards-based platform that works seamlessly with your blade servers.

  • NPIV standards-based solution ensures connectivity into the SAN infrastructure of your choice
  • Port aggregation capabilities reduce the cost and complexity of deploying M-series blades into existing SANs
  • Support for 8/4/2 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) SANs provides investment protection for current and future SANs.

Connect to the FC SAN of your choice while still providing failover and port aggregation benefits that high-density, high-performance data centers require. The Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module, when combined with an NPIV-enabled FC SAN and any of the Fibre Channel HBA mezzanine cards available for M-Series blades, leverages your SAN fabric management infrastructure and simplifies blade deployment. Some of the highlights for the Dell 8/4Gbps SAN module are:

  • Scale as needed from 12 to 24 ports to meet the changing demands of your data center
  • Multiple fabric support allows you to isolate servers with special bandwidth requirements and connect to several fabrics using a single module
  • Enjoy peace of mind with automatic failover and failback
  • Ensure data security by employing device-based authorization and policy-based control of SAN connections all the way to individual servers and virtual machines

The Dell 8/4Gbps SAN module also eliminates incremental switch management and configuration by presenting Fibre Channel connections as a logical device (rather than switch domains) to the SAN fabric. Enjoy the benefits of port aggregation, failover, and redundancy without the complexities of additional SAN switches.

Technical Specs for Dell 8/4Gbps SAN Modules

Fibre Channel ports
Up to 16 internal (server) ports and 8 external (SAN) ports. Model ships with 12 active ports enabled (2 external ports with 8Gbps SFP+ modules and 10 anywhere ports) for flexibility and growth based on your fibre channel needs. Port upgrade licenses and SFP+ optics available to utilize remaining 12 ports.
Connects to any T11 standards-based NPIV FC SAN using 8/4 Gbps HBA mezzanine cards
Flexible connections to multiple SANs through external SAN ports
External Auto-sensing of 8, 4, and 2 Gbit/sec port speeds
Internal speed matching between 8 and 4 Gbit/sec ports
8.5 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;
4.25 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;
2.125 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex
384 Gbit/sec end-to-end (full duplex)
Fabric latency
700 ns with no contention, cut through routing at 8 Gbit/sec
Maximum frame size
2112-byte payload
Classes of Service
Class 2, Class 3
Port Types
F_Port and NPIV-enabled N_Port
Media Types
8 Gbit/sec: Requires Dell-supported hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 8 Gbit/sec Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed
8Gb SFP+ optical transceivers (single pack)
Port upgrade license (enables additional 12 ports)
Supported Mgmt Software
Telnet, HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB); Auditing, Syslog

SSL, SSH v2, HTTPS, LDAP, RADIUS, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices), Port Binding, Switch Binding, Secure RPC, Secure Copy (SCP), Trusted Switch, IPSec, IP Filtering

Management access
Serial port (RJ-45)
M1000e Chassis Management Controller (CMC)

POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including RAStrace logging, environmental monitoring, non-disruptive daemon restart, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), port mirroring (SPAN port)
Physical Specifications
Width: 272.75 mm
Height: 32.48 mm
Depth: 307.24 mm
Weight: 4.65 Pounds— without media
Environmental Specifications
Operating: 0°C to 40°C(32°F to 104°F)
Non-operating: -20°C to 70°C(-4°F to 158°F)

Operating: 10% to 90%, non-condensing at 29°C
Non-operating: 5% to 95%, non-condensing at 38°C

Operating altitude
Up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft)

Storage altitude
Up to 10.668km (35,000ft)

Operating Shock
20G for 6ms

Non-operating Shock
50G with a velocity change of 4216 mm/sec squared

Operating: 0.4G at 5 Hz to 500 Hz for 60 minutes
Non-operating: 0.5G at 2 Hz to 200 Hz for 15 minutes; 1.04 grams random for 15 minutes
DC Input
12V and 3.3V from M1000e blade chassis (shared power supplies)

Quick Links

Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module for Dell M1000e Blade Enclosures
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