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Can I add more Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module to my IBM BladeCenter H

  • 1.  Can I add more Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module to my IBM BladeCenter H

    Posted 04-07-2017 09:12 AM

    Hello All

     

    I have a Bladecenter H with a Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module (44X1921), and I need more FC ports available to connect a new rack server.

    My IBM Bladecenter H has a MSIM installed in bays 7 and 8 of the BladeCenter H chassis, each one with a ethernet card, and one slot available.

    Can I add 2 more Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module (44X1921), in that empty slots and gain more FC connections?

     

    Thanks in advance


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  • 2.  Re: Can I add more Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module to my IBM BladeCenter H

    Posted 04-10-2017 01:04 AM

    Hi,

     

    when checking out the SG247523 found at link below, it looks like only 2 FC I/O modules are supported (PDF page 68 - section 2.2.2)

     

    www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg247523.pdf

     

    "Bays 3 and 4 can be used either for standard switch or pass-through modules (such as

    Fibre Channel connectivity or extra Ethernet ports) or for bridge modules. These bays are

    routed internally to the PCI-X connector on the blades..."

     


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  • 3.  Re: Can I add more Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module to my IBM BladeCenter H

    Posted 04-13-2017 02:09 AM

    Hi Martin

     

    So there´s no way of adding extra FC connections on this Bladecenter. 

    You mention that the bays 3 or 4 can become pass-through modules, so if I install two extra FC Cards, and an external FC Switch, for example the Brocade 300 (BR-340-B-0008) I can add two more storage units for example?

    Thanks for all the help.


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  • 4.  Re: Can I add more Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module to my IBM BladeCenter H

    Posted 04-13-2017 04:41 AM

    Hi,

     

    I just went back to some othe documentation and FC switch modules are supported in Bay 3,4, and 7,9 - I think when decoding IBM documentation. Baye 3 and 4 surely supports 44X1921/20. I am not a Bladecenter expert, but the Bladecenter H supports up to 4 FC switch modules. 

     

    One options is connect a 300 switch to your bladecenter existing FC connections and then move those original fibre to the 300.

     


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  • 5.  Re: Can I add more Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module to my IBM BladeCenter H

    Posted 04-13-2017 06:11 AM
    nice overview at

    https://lenovopress.com/tips0996-bladecenter-h#supported-i-o-modules

    so FC module to bay 3 and 4, and also to bay 9 and 10 (with extra conditions).
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