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Virtual Connect Support for non-Bay1/2 placement

chuckk281
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Virtual Connect Support for non-Bay1/2 placement

A VC configuration question from Reginald:

 

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Team,

 

                Good afternoon! I just wanted to validate the following configuration for a customer’s implementation using the following configuration:

 

  • Interconnect Bays 1 and 2: (2)HP BLc 10GbE Pass-thru modules
  • Interconnect Bays 3 and 4: (2) Virtual Connect FlexFabric modules for FC connectivity only

 

The customer doesn’t want to use VC Ethernet modules in bays 1 and 2 given that is not their standard. So we’re proposing using pass-thru modules with VC FlexFabric modules for SAN connectivity only. I know we changed the ruling on where we can place VC modules in the enclosures for using the VCM. Based on what I’ve read this is a valid configuration but wanted verification. Second is there any advantage using FlexFabric mezzz cards versus the traditional Emulex FC mezz card if all they need is FC connectivity?

 

Thanks!

 

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Comment from Vincent:

 

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Yes, this is valid and supported, albeit expensive…

You need FlexFabric mezzanines, traditional HBAs will not connect to FlexFabric modules. They would connect to VC-FC modules but then you'd need FlexFabric or Flex-10 modules to manage them anyway.

 

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