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Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

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nathan_sampson
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Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

We have some older DL380 G5 and G7 servers that we plan to hookup to our Nimble over 10Gb Ethernet. Are there any recommended network adapters?

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Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

We have had good luck in the past with the NC552SFP cards ( these are the Emulex  Chipsets),

bhartm62
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Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

We use HP 10Gb 561-T Adapters.

ndyer39
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Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

I've had numerous bad experiences (and outages) from working on/at Dell/HP/IBM with any NICs that are made by Broadcom. Always shoot for Intel!

pswiatek119
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Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

We have used Intel x520 adapters specifically the 82599 with no issue, but we do not push alot of bandwidth through the ports 2-3 gig tops.

dmweimer52
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Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

I've had excellent luck with the X520-DA1 Intel 10GB Ethernet Server Adapter

jliu79
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Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

+1 for Intel X520 cards. They've worked well for us.

Daniel-san
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Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

If you want to make your life simple, and mitigate stress and any potential finger-pointing, always get the SKU that the HP QuickSpec says is compatible.  These aren't just 'sanctioned' part numbers - they are tested, qualified and verified compatible.  This helps to mitigate incompatibilities, and eliminate the possibility that the vendor (HP) can claim that a given option (a NIC in this case) isn't compatible with your server.  It might cost a bit more for the HP part vs. generic, but not having to deal with arguing with a support tech over what is or isn't compatible is well worth the extra money for most of us.

For the G5, this is the QS:

HP ProLiant DL380 Generation 5 - Worldwide QuickSpecs

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/archives_North_America/12477_na_v37/12477_na.PDF

And these are the 10G options for the G5:

HP NC510F PCIe 10 Gigabit Server Adapter - 414126-B21

HP NC510C PCIe 10 Gigabit Server Adapter - 414129-B21

For the G7, this is the QS:

Product documentation

HP ProLiant DL380 Generation 7 (G7) (QuickSpecs/c04286665.pdf)


And these are the 10G options for the G7:

HP NC522SFP Dual Port 10GbE Gigabit Server Adapter468332-B21
HP NC550SFP Dual Port 10GbE Server Adapter581201-B21
HP NC523SFP 10Gb 2-port Server Adapter593717-B21
HP NC552SFP 10Gb 2-port Ethernet Server Adapter614203-B21
HP 10 GbE PCI-e G2 Dual Port Network Interface Card516937-B21


Now, if you're going white box and building your own, I'd second the opinion to go Intel.  Note that many times the NICs that HP specs are OEM'd by Intel (among others).

nathan_sampson
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Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

The challenge is we want to use 10GBaseT and many of the cards we looked into are fiber or the direct cabling variety.  The HP 530T (broadcom) are pretty standard and inexpensive.  The HP 561T (Intel) seem like they are newer and possibly more reliable.  However, I haven't been able to find papers or reviews that provide real world performance comparisons between the two. 


Any experiences in using Server branded (HP/Dell) vs OEM branded adapters?  Does it make a difference?

nathan_sampson
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Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

Performance issues or hardware failure problems with Broadcom chips?

Daniel-san
Frequent Advisor

Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

+1 Intel-based but HP-branded (to eliminate driver issues and finger-pointing)

And there's this: Broadcom vs Intel NIC? - AnandTech Forums

SD_Sim
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Re: Recommended 10Gb Ethernet Adapter for HP Proliant DL380 servers?

Has anyone used some of the newer cards (561T) with a Gen 7 dl380? I'm looking for 10GB with an RJ45 connector, all the adapters that I can find for Gen 7 are with SFP connectors.