10GbE Pass-Through Modules for Dell M1000e Blade Enclosures

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10 GbE Pass-Through Module For Dell M-Series Blades

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Port Attributes

  • Ports:
    32 total Ethernet ports: 16 internal (server) ports and 16 external (LAN) ports
    1:1 Internal-external port pairs provide dedicated connections for isolated bandwidth between server and LAN
    Ships with all 32-ports enabled
    All external ports are hot-pluggable, enabling expansion without server interruption

    All ports enabled standard
    External ports also support 10Gb SFP+ LR optics and SFP+ Direct-Attach (copper) cables (0.5m, 1m, 3m, 5m, 7m)

    Supported Adapters (by model):Adapter (NIC/CNA) support varies based on model of Pass Through
    Dell 10Gb Ethernet Pass Through II supports the following XAUI-based adapters:
        Broadcom 57710 mezzanine card
        Broadcom 57711 mezzanine card
        Intel X520 mezzanine card
        Intel X520-x/k mezzanine card
        QLogic QME8142 mezzanine card
        Emulex OCm10102-f-m mezzanine card
    Dell 10Gb Ethernet Pass Through-k supports the following KR-based adapters:
        Brocade BR1741M-k mezzanine card
        Broadcom 57712-k network daughter card (NDC)
        Intel X520-x/k mezzanine card
        Future 10Gb adapters for PowerEdge blade servers
    Note: 1Gb NICs are not supported with either model of pass-through


  • 10 Gigabit per second line speed per port, full duplex


  • Connects Dell blade servers using 10 Gigabit Ethernet NIC blade mezzanine I/O cards to external switches

    Great solution for Dell™ PowerConnect™, Cisco Catalyst/Nexus switches as well as your choice of external Ethernet switches
  • Dell 10Gb Ethernet Pass Through Modules are transparent to all Ethernet topologies, providing connectivity from Dell blades to any vendor’s external LAN switch.

    Connect to any industry standard Ethernet compliant device.


  • Module is unmanaged – all management occurs via NIC firmware or O/S, or external switch Device status is available through the M1000e Chassis Management Controller (CMC)

    Dell 10GbE-k Pass-Through Module performs a power on self-test and various ongoing diagnostics to ensure proper operation


  • Dimensions:

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


    2.6 kg without SFP’s; 3.0 kg with SFP’s
  • Transceivers
    10GbE SFP+ Optical Transceiver, SR, LC Connector
    10GbE SFP+ Optical Transceiver, LRM, LC Connector

    1m SFP+ Direct Attach Cable Transceiver Assembly
    3m SFP+ Direct Attach Cable Transceiver Assembly
    5m SFP+ Direct Attach Cable Transceiver Assembly
    7m SFP+ Direct Attach Cable Transceiver Assembly

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Please see limits associated with M1000e blade enclosure


  • DC Input:

    2V from shared power supplies in M1000e blade enclosure

    Power Consumption:

    Approximately 20 Watts without SFP’s
    Approximately 28 Watts with SFP’s


  • Dell Pass-Through Modules are hot swappable in the M1000e chassis.

    Redundant units provide failover protection.

    Up to four 10Gb Ethernet Pass Through II modules (two in Fabrics B and C) supported per M1000e chassis.

    Up to six 10Gb Ethernet Pass Through-k modules (two in Fabrics A, B, and C) supported per M1000e chassis. 


Dell M-Series blade customers enjoy increased flexibility of choice with more bandwidth and higher performance from the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Pass-Through I/O module. The I/O modules seamlessly integrate each PowerEdge server blade directly to your choice of external Ethernet infrastructure. In addition to improved I/O, the Ethernet pass-through module offers security benefits isolating server traffic to and from each independent server blade. Other features and benefits include:

Dell 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Through I/O Module for M-Series Blades
Dell 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Through I/O Module for M-Series Blades : Scalability
Scalability from 1 to 16 server to network pass-through ports
Dell 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Through I/O Module for M-Series Blades : SFP+
Utilizes SFP+ external connectors for flexible choices including optical transceivers and SFP+ direct attach cables
Dell 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Through I/O Module for M-Series Blades : Distance Support
Increased distance support using SR and LRM SFP+ optical transceivers
Dell 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Through I/O Module for M-Series Blades : I/O modules
Up-to four hot-swappable I/O modules per blade chassis ensures maximum I/O and redundancy
Dell 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Through I/O Module for M-Series Blades : Protection
Investment protection for 10Gb server to switch connectivity utilizing current and future blade mezzanine I/O cards
This product has been tested and validated on Dell systems. It is supported by Dell Technical Support when used with a Dell system.

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