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HP 1/10G Virtual Connect Ethernet Module for c-Class BladeSystem

 
Dr_No
Occasional Advisor

HP 1/10G Virtual Connect Ethernet Module for c-Class BladeSystem

I have a question that has been lingering in my head for a couple of days now...

Below is the product I am inquiring about:
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/blades/components/ethernet/vc/index.html

If I have 8 Blades with each 4 embedded NICs (total of 32 NICs), and have only ONE Virtual Connect, can I use all 32 ports? or am I limited to 16 since it says "16 downlinks"?
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rick jones
Honored Contributor

Re: HP 1/10G Virtual Connect Ethernet Module for c-Class BladeSystem

I'm still acclimating to blades, but my understanding is that when you have blades with four built-in NICs they are spread across two I/O modules. That is consistent with the docs talking about 16 downlinks for the 1/10G VC module. IE, you will need two modules to use all 32 NICs.
there is no rest for the wicked yet the virtuous have no pillows
TTr
Honored Contributor

Re: HP 1/10G Virtual Connect Ethernet Module for c-Class BladeSystem

You normally buy the interface blades in pairs. The 16 downlinks are assigned one to each blade slot. If you need more than two NIC ports on a blade you have to buy a mezanine card and additional LAN blade switches.