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Adding 10Gbps to ProLiant ML350p Gen8

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Adding 10Gbps to ProLiant ML350p Gen8


I have a ProLiant ML350p Gen8. I am running it virtualized and looking at getting a NAS for virtual machine storage instead of local disk storage. I don't want to run standard 1Gbps as that would be a signifncant bottle neck for disk speed.

First, does the ProLiant ML350p Gen8 motherboard bus even support running at full 10Gbps? If so, what NIC do you recommend? Should I go with an official HP branded 10Gbps NIC, or can I pickup a standard 10Gbps NIC like this one

Finally, recommendations on going with stadard Cat 6a or SFP+ connectors?


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Re: Adding 10Gbps to ProLiant ML350p Gen8

Hi, go to HPE QuickSpecs portal and, under the Online QuickSpecs section, select Search All QuickSpecs.

Once there search for the string "HP ProLiant ML350p Generation 8 (Gen8)".

The (worldwide valid) HPE QuickSpecs for your HP ProLiant ML350p Generation 8 (Gen8) server is the Edition 57 published 27 August 2015 (Retired).

There you will find that supported and certified HP Network Interface Cards (with 1G and 10G, SFP/SFP+ and RJ45) are listed at page 34:



If I were you - to be 100% sure the NIC will be supported - I'll search one of those 10G Base-T adapters listed above.

Since you're looking for 10GBase-T (Copper RJ45) port(s) - you wrote about Cat. 6 cabling (which is OK) - suitable NICs (both dual ports) would be:

  • HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 530T Adapter (HP SKU: 656596-B21)
  • HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 561T Adapter (HP SKU: 716591-B21)

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