Dell 8-4Gbps FC SAN Module

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Seamlessly integrate your M-series blade servers

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Get enterprise-class performance, improved scalability and easy deployment with the Dell™ 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module, a flexible, standards-based platform that works seamlessly with your blade servers.

  • NPIV standards-based solution ensures connectivity into the SAN infrastructure of your choice
  • Port aggregation capabilities reduce the cost and complexity of deploying M-series blades into existing SANs
  • Support for 8/4/2 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) SANs provides investment protection for current and future SANs.

Dell 8-4Gbps FC SAN Module

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Fibre Channel ports

  • Up to 16 internal (server) ports and 8 external (SAN) ports. Model ships with 12 active ports enabled (2 external ports with 8Gbps SFP+ modules and 10 anywhere ports) for flexibility and growth based on your fibre channel needs. Port upgrade licenses and SFP+ optics available to utilize remaining 12 ports.


  • Connects to any T11 standards-based NPIV FC SAN using 8/4 Gbps HBA mezzanine cards
    Flexible connections to multiple SANs through external SAN ports
    External Auto-sensing of 8, 4, and 2 Gbit/sec port speeds
    Internal speed matching between 8 and 4 Gbit/sec ports


  • 8.5 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;
    4.25 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;
    2.125 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex

Aggregate bandwidth

  • 384 Gbit/sec end-to-end (full duplex)

Fabric latency

  • 700 ns with no contention, cut through routing at 8 Gbit/sec

Maximum frame size

  • 2112-byte payload

Classes of Service

  • Class 2, Class 3

Port Types

  • F_Port and NPIV-enabled N_Port


  • 8Gb SFP+ optical transceivers (single pack)
    Port upgrade license (enables additional 12 ports)


  • Supported Mgmt Software
    Telnet, HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB); Auditing, Syslog

    SSL, SSH v2, HTTPS, LDAP, RADIUS, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices), Port Binding, Switch Binding, Secure RPC, Secure Copy (SCP), Trusted Switch, IPSec, IP Filtering

    Management access
    Serial port (RJ-45)
    M1000e Chassis Management Controller (CMC)

    POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including RAStrace logging, environmental monitoring, non-disruptive daemon restart, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), port mirroring (SPAN port)


  • Enclosure
    Width: 272.75 mm
    Height: 32.48 mm
    Depth: 307.24 mm
    Weight: 4.65 Pounds— without media

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature
    Operating: 0°C to 40°C(32°F to 104°F)
    Non-operating: -20°C to 70°C(-4°F to 158°F)

    Operating: 10% to 90%, non-condensing at 29°C
    Non-operating: 5% to 95%, non-condensing at 38°C

    Operating altitude
    Up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft)

    Storage altitude
    Up to 10.668km (35,000ft)
    Operating Shock
    20G for 6ms
    Non-operating Shock
    50G with a velocity change of 4216 mm/sec squared
    Operating: 0.4G at 5 Hz to 500 Hz for 60 minutes
    Non-operating: 0.5G at 2 Hz to 200 Hz for 15 minutes; 1.04 grams random for 15 minutes


  • DC Input
    12V and 3.3V from M1000e blade chassis (shared power supplies)
Simplified networking for your data center

Simplified networking for your data center

Connect to the FC SAN of your choice while still providing failover and port aggregation benefits that high-density, high-performance data centers require. The Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module, when combined with an NPIV-enabled FC SAN and any of the Fibre Channel HBA mezzanine cards available for M-Series blades, leverages your SAN fabric management infrastructure and simplifies blade deployment.

Connect without the headaches

  • Experience plug-and-play simplicity with enterprise-class FC port aggregation
  • Minimize the number of touches required by storage and networking administrators in blade deployments
  • Easily integrate Dell M-Series blades into any NPIV-enabled FC SAN infrastructure
  • Get the best of all worlds with simplified I/O management and beneficial port aggregation

Simple and scalable

  • Scale as needed from 12 to 24 ports to meet the changing demands of your data center
  • Multiple fabric support allows you to isolate servers with special bandwidth requirements and connect to several fabrics using a single module
  • Enjoy peace of mind with automatic failover and failback
  • Ensure data security by employing device-based authorization and policy-based control of SAN connections all the way to individual servers and virtual machines
Simple and scalable
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