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BL460c Gen9 536FLB compatibility

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BL460c Gen9 536FLB compatibility

We have a couple of c7000 enclosures with the “old” Virtual Connect Flex-10 455880-B21. I’m unable to determinate if the 536FLB is compatible or not.


It is only the newer Virtual Connect Flex-10/10D that’s specifically mentioned in the quickspecs but I wonder if it’s a mistake since all sort of legacy switches is listed.

Anyone with insight? Maybe an HP employed?
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Re: BL460c Gen9 536FLB compatibility




The Quickspecs of HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 536FLB Adapter has the following informatin:



Section > Standard Features


Product Features

•Full hardware offload of iSCSI and FCoE storage protocol processing for highest performance converged Ethernet data and storage networks.

•Dual-port 10GbE Flex-10 FlexibleLOM network adapter that provides the flexibility to choose the type of LOM to meet growing infrastructure needs

•Industry-leading throughput and latency performance

•Supports HP's Flex-10 blade interconnect technology

User configurable bandwidth settings when combined with the 10Gb Flex-10 Virtual Connect module. From 100Mb/s to10Gb/s on up to four "Physical Function" NICs per port, in increments of 100Mb/s for NIC. The combined bandwidth of NICs cannot exceed port bandwidth i.e. 10 Gb.

•Up to 40Gb/s bi-directional near line rate throughput

•Hardware acceleration and offloads for stateless TCP/IP

•Improved small packet performance

•Support for Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE)

•Integrated PHY and MAC

•Supports for SR-IOV

•Supports Network Partitioning



Based on the above product features, it may be concluded that HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet Module could work. However, HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet Module's QuickSpecs, do not mention support for Gen9 servers, so it does not appear to be a mistake! (This is my personal opinion and not that of HP's official position on this). It is possible that this was not tested on Gen9 servers and I am not able to guess why so. Accept my apologizes!!


However, you may put them on a test bed to check their funtionality, but when in case support is required for some reason and when HP Support is contacted, chances are that you will be informed of unsupported configuration and be asked to check for functionality of the HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 536FLB Adapter with a VC module in the supported list!!


Hope this provides some clarity.





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Re: BL460c Gen9 536FLB compatibility

We decided to buy Gen8.


We have not testet Gen9 though