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
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)
"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..."
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.
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.