Emulex 16Gb Fibre Channel Adapters for Lenovo Flex SystemProduct Guide

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11 Jul 2017
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Abstract

The Emulex 16Gb Fibre Channel Adapter family for Lenovo Flex System enables the highest FC speed access for Flex System compute nodes to an external storage area network (SAN). The adapters described here are the Emulex LPm16002B-L and LPm16004B-L Mezz Adapters and the Flex System FC5052 and FC5054 Adapters. These adapters are based on the proven Emulex Fibre Channel stack, and work with 16 Gb Flex System Fibre Channel switch modules.

Change History

Changes in the July 11 update:

  • Added the Emulex LPm16002B-L and LPm16004B-L Mezz Adapters for ThinkSystem compute nodes
  • Updated the operating system support information

Watch the video walk-through of the adapters with David Watts and Tom Boucher

Introduction

The Emulex 16Gb Fibre Channel Adapter family for Lenovo Flex System enables the highest FC speed access for Flex System compute nodes to an external storage area network (SAN). These adapters are based on the proven Emulex Fibre Channel stack, and work with 16 Gb Flex System Fibre Channel switch modules.

As the only 4-port HBAs for Flex System and ThinkSystem respectively, the FC5054 and LPm16004B-L provide unmatched scalability and redundancy. In addition, these two 4-port adapters have two separate ASICs with no bridge chip, so data flows directly to an independent PCIe bus for high availability without a single point of failure.

IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter
Figure 1. Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter

Did you know?

You can deploy faster and manage less when you combine Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and Virtual Fabric Adapters (VFAs) that are developed by Emulex. Lenovo HBAs and VFAs use the same installation and configuration process, streamlining the effort to get your system up and running, and saving you valuable time. They also use the same Fibre Channel drivers, reducing the time to qualify and manage storage connectivity. And with the Emulex OneCommand Manager, you can manage Lenovo HBAs and VFAs that are developed by Emulex through the data center from a single console.

Part number information

The following table shows the ordering information.

Table 1. Ordering information
Part number Feature code Description
Adapters for ThinkSystem compute nodes
7ZT7A00521 AVCW ThinkSystem Emulex LPm16002B-L Mezz 16Gb 2-Port Fibre Channel Adapter
7ZT7A00522 AVCX ThinkSystem Emulex LPm16004B-L Mezz 16Gb 4-Port Fibre Channel Adapter
Adapters for Flex System compute nodes
95Y2386 A45R Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter
95Y2391 A45S Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter

The following figure shows the Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter.

IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter
Figure 2. Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter

Features

When compared to the previous-generation 8 Gb adapters, the Generation 5 16Gb adapters deliver 6x the IOPS, improve response times by up to 75%, and deliver double the throughput speeds for Fibre Channel traffic. As a result, it is possible to support significantly more IOPS-driven workload and applications per HBA, reducing costs, power, and complexity.

The FC5052 and LPm16002B-L two-port 16Gb adapters have these features:

  • 2-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel adapter
  • Single-ASIC controller using the Emulex XE201 design
  • Auto-Negotiate to 16Gb, 8Gb, or 4Gb
  • Up to 1.2 million IOPS on a single port (six times more IOPS than previous generation 8Gb FC HBAs)
  • Cuts response times by up to 75% and doubles the throughput compared to the previous generation 8Gb FC HBAs
  • Exceeds 10 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF) with the most advanced data integrity protection (T10 PI) offload to protect against silent data corruption
  • PCIe Express 3.0 x8 host interface (5 GTps)
  • MSI-X support
  • x86 Fibre Channel common driver model with other Emulex adapters
  • Arbitrated loop (supported on 4Gb and 8Gb speeds only)

The FC5054 and LPm16004B-L four-port 16Gb FC adapters have these features:

  • 4-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel adapter
  • Dual-ASIC controller using the Emulex XE201 design
  • Auto-Negotiate to 16Gb, 8Gb, or 4Gb
  • Up to 2.4 million IOPS (dual ASICs: 2x 1.2 million IOPS)
  • Up to 1.2 million IOPS on a single port (six times more IOPS than previous generation 8Gb FC HBAs)
  • Cuts response times by up to 75% and doubles the throughput compared to the previous generation 8Gb FC HBAs
  • Exceeds 10 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF) with the most advanced data integrity protection (T10 PI) offload to protect against silent data corruption
  • Two PCIe Express 3.0 x8 host interfaces (each 5 GTps), one for each ASIC
  • ASICs treated as separate devices by the driver: No shared resources (that is, no PCIe bridge) between ASICs and each ASIC has its own firmware chip
  • MSI-X support
  • x86 Fibre Channel common driver model other Emulex adapters.
  • Arbitrated loop (supported on 4Gb and 8Gb speeds only)

All four adapters offer the following Fibre Channel features:

  • Fibre Channel protocol SCSI (FCP-SCSI) and Fibre Channel Internet Protocol (FCP-IP).
  • Point-to-point fabric connection: F-Port Fabric Login.
  • Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) and FCAL-2 FL-Port Login.
  • Fibre Channel services class 2 and 3.
  • LUN Masking, an initiator-based LUN masking for storage traffic isolation.
  • N_Port Id Virtualization (NPIV) allows multiple host initiator N_Ports to share a single physical N_Port, dramatically reducing SAN hardware requirements.
  • FCP SCSI initiator and target operation.
  • Full-duplex operation.

Server support

The following table lists the ThinkSystem and Flex System compute nodes that support the adapters.

Table 2. Support for ThinkSystem and Flex System compute nodes
Part
number
Description
x240 (8737, E5-2600 v2)
x240 (7162)
x240 M5 (9532, E5-2600 v3)
x240 M5 (9532, E5-2600 v4)
x440 (7167)
x880/x480/x280 X6 (7903)
x280/x480/x880 X6 (7196)
SN550 (7X16)
SN850 (7X15)
7ZT7A00521 ThinkSystem Emulex LPm16002B-L Mezz 16Gb 2-Port Fibre Channel Adapter N N N N N N N Y Y
7ZT7A00522 ThinkSystem Emulex LPm16004B-L Mezz 16Gb 4-Port Fibre Channel Adapter N N N N N N N Y Y
95Y2386 Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter N Y Y Y N N Y* N N
95Y2391 Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter N Y Y Y Y N Y* N N

* The FC5054 is only supported in slot 2 of the x280 X6, x480 X6, and x880 X6, not slot 4

I/O module support

The adapters support the I/O modules that are listed in the following table. One or two compatible switches must be installed in the corresponding I/O bays in the chassis. Installing two switches means that all ports of the adapter are enabled.

The FC5022 switches include a base number of port licenses, 12 or 24, depending on the part number that is ordered. Switch port licenses for the FC5022 switches can be used for internal or external ports. Each two-port adapter requires one internal switch port for each of the two switches that are installed. Each four-port adapter requires two internal switch ports for each of the two switches that are installed. Additional ports might be needed depending on your configuration.

For more information, see the Product Guide for the Flex System FC5022 SAN Scalable Switch, available from http://lenovopress.com/tips0870.

Table 3. I/O modules that are supported by the Emulex 16Gb FC Adapters
Part
number
Feature
code
Description 16 Gb
adapter
support
69Y1930 A0TD Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Switch No
69Y1934 A0TJ Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Pass-thru No
88Y6374 A1EH Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch Yes
00Y3324 A3DP Flex System FC5022 24-port 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch Yes
90Y9356 A2RQ Flex System FC5022 24-port 16Gb ESB SAN Scalable Switch Yes

The following table shows the connections between adapters that are installed in the compute nodes and the switch bays in the chassis.

Table 4. Adapter to I/O bay correspondence
I/O adapter slot in the server Port on the adapter Corresponding I/O module bay in the chassis
Slot 1 Port 1 Module bay 1
Port 2 Module bay 2
Port 3 (4-port only) Module bay 1
Port 4 (4-port only) Module bay 2
Slot 2 Port 1 Module bay 3
Port 2 Module bay 4
Port 3 (4-port only) Module bay 3
Port 4 (4-port only) Module bay 4
Slot 3
(x440 / p460 only)
Port 1 Module bay 1
Port 2 Module bay 2
Port 3 (4-port only) Module bay 1
Port 4 (4-port only) Module bay 2
Slot 4
(x440 / p460 only)
Port 1 Module bay 3
Port 2 Module bay 4
Port 3 (4-port only) Module bay 3
Port 4 (4-port only) Module bay 4

These adapters can be installed in any I/O adapter slot of a supported Flex System compute node. One or two compatible 16 Gb switch modules must be installed in the corresponding I/O bays in the chassis.

The connections between the 2-port adapters that are installed in the compute nodes and the switch bays in the chassis are shown in the following figure. The figure shows both half-wide servers, such as the SN550 with two adapters, and full-wide servers, such as the SN850 with four adapters.

Logical layout of the interconnects between the FC5052 2-port adapters and I/O modules
Figure 3. Logical layout of the interconnects between the 2-port adapters and I/O modules

The connections between the 4-port adapters that are installed in the compute nodes and the switch bays in the chassis are shown in the following figure.

Logical layout of the interconnects between the FC5054 4-port adapters and I/O modules
Figure 4. Logical layout of the interconnects between the 4-port adapters and I/O modules

Operating system support

The ThinkSystem Emulex LPm16002B-L and LPm16004B-L Mezz 16Gb 4-Port Fibre Channel Adapter support the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 with Xen
  • VMware vSphere 6.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 6.5 (ESXi)

The Flex System FC5052 2-port and FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapters support the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 with Xen
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 6.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 6.5 (ESXi)

Warranty

There is a 1-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) limited warranty. When installed in a server, these adapters assume the server's base warranty and any warranty upgrade.

Physical specifications

The dimensions and weight of the adapters are as follows:

  • Width: 100 mm (3.9 in.)
  • Depth: 80 mm (3.1 in.)
  • Weight: 13 g (0.3 lb)

Shipping dimensions and weight (approximate):

  • Height: 58 mm (2.3 in.)
  • Width: 229 mm (9.0 in.)
  • Depth: 208 mm (8.2 in.)
  • Weight: 0.4 kg (0.89 lb)

Regulatory compliance

The adapters conform to the following regulatory standards:

  • United States FCC 47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B, ANSI C63.4 (2003), Class A
  • United States UL 60950-1, Second Edition
  • IEC/EN 60950-1, Second Edition
  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 4, Class A
  • UL/IEC 60950-1
  • CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-03
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2006, Class A
  • IEC 60950-1(CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A
  • Korea KN22, Class A; KN24
  • Russia/GOST ME01, IEC-60950-1, GOST R 51318.22-99, GOST R 51318.24-99, GOST R 51317.3.2-2006, GOST R 51317.3.3-99
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A

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