IBM 81Y3120 Emulex 10GBE VFA II for Blade Center HS23
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Product Information for IBM 81Y3120 Emulex 10GBE VFA II for Blade Center HS23

Highlights for IBM 81Y3120 Emulex 10GBE VFA II for Blade Center HS23

  • Full-duplex (FDX) capability
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging
  • VLAN insertion and extraction
  • Load balancing and failover teaming support including adapter fault tolerance (AFT), switch fault tolerance (SFT), adaptive load balancing (ALB), and IEEE 802.3ad
  • Enhanced Ethernet 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

The Emulex 10GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II (VFA II) for IBM BladeCenter HS23 is available to the existing IBM BladeCenter Virtual Fabric portfolio. The adapter 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 the complex server application environments. Both physical 10 Gbps ports on the adapter can be divided into four virtual ports.

Product Specifications


  • Device Type:  Network adapter - 2 ports
  • Form Factor:  Plug-in card
  • Interface (Bus) Type:  PCI Express 2.0 x8


  • Connectivity Technology:  Wired
  • Data Link Protocol:  Gigabit LAN, 10 Gigabit LAN, FCoE
  • Data Transfer Rate:  10 Gbps
  • Network / Transport Protocol:  iSCSI
  • Features:  VLAN support, wake on LAN (WOL), TCP Chimney Offload support, Large Send Offload (LSO), Large Receive Offload (LRO), Receive Side Scaling (RSS), adaptive load balancing (ALB)

Expansion / Connectivity

  • Interfaces:  2 x 10Gb Ethernet
  • Compatible Slots:  1 x PCI Express 2.0 x8 - low-profile


  • Compliant Standards:  VCCI, CISPR 22 Class A, GOST, BSMI CNS 13438 Class A, ICES-003 Class A, FCC, UL 60950-1, IEC 60950-1, CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-03, UL 60950-1 Second Edition, FCC CFR47 Part 15 B, GOST-R, GOST-R 51558, ANSI C63.4-2003, EN 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 Linux Enterprise Server 5 x64 Edition, Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 6 x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows Web Server 2008 x64 Edition, Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 6

Dimensions & Weight

  • Width:  0.6 in
  • Depth:  4.9 in
  • Height:  6.3 in
  • Weight:  4.6 oz

Manufacturer Warranty

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

Environmental Parameters

  • Min Operating Temperature:  50 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature:  120.2 °F
  • Humidity Range Operating:  8 - 80% (non-condensing)

Compatibility Information

  • Designed For:  IBM BladeCenter HS23 7875