04-07-2017 09:12 AM
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
04-10-2017 01:04 AM
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..."
04-13-2017 02:09 AM
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.
04-13-2017 04:41 AM
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.
04-13-2017 06:11 AM