IBM Emulex 10GBE VFA Advanced II for Blade Center HS23
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Product Information for IBM Emulex 10GBE VFA Advanced II for Blade Center HS23

Highlights for IBM Emulex 10GBE VFA Advanced II for Blade Center HS23

  • Two 10 Gb Ethernet ports (1 Gb and 10 Gb auto-negotiation)
  • Full-duplex (FDX) capability (40 Gbps throughput)
  • 10 Gb ports operating either in a virtual NIC (vNIC) or physical NIC (pNIC) mode
  • IPv4/IPv6 offload
  • IPv4 TCP chimney offload
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging
  • VLAN insertion and extraction
  • Jumbo frames up to 9000 bytes
  • Load balancing and failover teaming support
  • Enhanced Ethernet (draft) support
  • Supports Serial over LAN (SoL) and concurrent KVM (cKVM)
  • Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) support
  • Wake on LAN support
  • Message Signal Interrupt (MSI-X) support
  • CFFh form factor can be combined with a CIOv expansion card on the same blade server
  • BladeCenter HS23's onboard dual-port 10 GbE NIC pass-through capability

The Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II (VFA II) for IBM BladeCenter HS23 is supported on the HS23 blade to enable up to four uplink/downlink ports for increased I/O bandwidth and maximum performance. The combination of HS23 and Emulex options enables clients to simplify their I/O infrastructure by reducing the number of switches needed inside the chassis while supporting Ethernet and virtual NICs (vNICs) using the same hardware components.

The virtual NICs are configured to meet the client's mix of network connectivity and throughput demands for today's complex server application environments. Both physical 10 Gbps ports on the adapter can be divided into four virtual ports with bandwidth allocation in 100 Mbps increments up to the maximum of 10 Gbps per physical port. The Emulex 10GbE VFA Advanced II adds FCoE and iSCSI hardware initiator functionality to enable data center infrastructure convergence.

Product Specifications


  • Device Type:  Network adapter - 2 ports
  • Form Factor:  Plug-in card - low profile
  • Interface (Bus) Type:  PCI Express 2.0 x8
  • Width:  5.9 in
  • Depth:  4.9 in
  • Height:  0.6 in
  • Weight:  4.6 oz


  • Connectivity Technology:  Wired
  • Data Link Protocol:  Gigabit LAN, 10 Gigabit LAN
  • Data Transfer Rate:  10 Gbps
  • Network / Transport Protocol:  TCP/IP, UDP/IP
  • Features:  Full duplex capability, fault tolerance, load balancing, VLAN support, wake on LAN (WOL), Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX) support, priority-based flow control, enhanced transmission selection, Jumbo Frames support, TCP Chimney Offload support, teaming support, PXE support, Large Send Offload (LSO), Large Receive Offload (LRO), Receive Side Scaling (RSS), adaptive load balancing (ALB)
  • Compliant Standards:  IEEE 802.1Q, IEEE 802.3ad (LACP)

Expansion / Connectivity

  • Interfaces:  2 x network
  • Compatible Slots:  1 x PCI Express 2.0 x8 - low-profile


  • Compliant Standards:  CISPR 22 Class A, BSMI CNS 13438 Class A, EN 61000-3-2, VCCI Class A ITE, EN 61000-3-3, EN55024, EN55022 Class A, ICES-003 Class A, UL 60950-1, IEC 60950-1, EN 60950-1, CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-03, UL 60950-1 Second Edition, FCC Part 15 A, FCC CFR47 Part 15 B, GOST-R, ANSI C63.4, IEC 60950-1 Second Edition

Software / System Requirements

  • OS Required:  Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for x86/AMD64/Intel EM64T, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for x86/AMD64/Intel EM64T, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard, Microsoft Windows Web Server 2008, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard x64 Edition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 5 x64 Edition, Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 6 x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Web Server 2008 x64 Edition

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Service & Support:  1 year warranty
  • Service & Support Details:  Limited warranty - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

  • Min Operating Temperature:  32 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature:  120.2 °F
  • Humidity Range Operating:  8 - 80% (non-condensing)

Compatibility Information

  • Designed For:  IBM BladeCenter HS23 7875