Dell FC4 Pass Through Module

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FC4 pass-through module for Dell M-series blades

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The Dell FC4 Pass-Through Module can integrate M-Series blades seamlessly into the Fibre Channel infrastructure of your choice. It has the following features:

  • Fibre Channel connectivity for Dell blades
  • Auto-negotiates link speeds of 4/2/1 Gbps
  • 16 ports copper and optical small form-factor pluggable (SFP) transceivers

FC4 Pass-Through

Fibre Channel ports

  • 16x industry-standard copper & optical SFP transceivers at all ports (16 internal connections to blades; 16 external uplinks to SAN)

    Auto-negotiates link speeds of 4/2/1 Gbps

    Port and system status LED indicators:

    Per port status LEDs: Link status
    System status LEDs: System status, power

    Hot-swappable, enabling expansion without server interruption
    Support for up to four switch blade modules per M1000e blade chassis


  • Integrates with any external SAN infrastructure


  • 4 Gbit/sec line speed with backward compatibility to 2 and 1 Gbit/sec line speed


  • Module is unmanaged – all management occurs via HBA firmware or exterior switches


  • Width: 272.75 mm
    Height: 32.48 mm
    Depth: 307.24 mm


The FC4 pass-through module provides investment protection for data centers with pre-existing networking infrastructures by providing a direct connection between the servers and the storage area network (SAN) without you worrying about interoperability issues.The module provides up to sixteen 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel connections with 1:1, non-switched connections between the server blade and the SAN. The module is hot-swappable and provides for high-availability failover when deployed in pairs within the server chassis.


Here are some of the FC4 pass-through module's features:

  • Each port provides a dedicated connection for guaranteed bandwidth to each server port
  • The pass-through, with 16 external ports in a single blade, provides the highest port density available in Dell's connectivity options
  • Hot-plug capability and redundancy provide true high-availability for 24/7 data center operation
  • Unmanaged design speed deployment is simple — eliminates configuration hassles
  • Connection between SAN and server is transparent — eliminates interoperability issues with transparent, pass-through protocol
  • Form-factor is compact and ultra-dense
  • 4, 2 or 1 Gb/s Fibre Channel connectivity on each port to match existing server and SAN installation
  • FC4 pass-through module can be installed in pairs for redundancy and high availability
  • FC4 pass-through module has full-duplex bandwidth of up to 256 Gb/s

Alternative Fibre Channel Options for Dell Blades

For available products on Fibre Channel switches featuring management capabilities and cable aggregation benefits, click here.

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