The Multi Switch Interconnect Module provides support for up to two standard blade I/O Modules in a double high high-speed I/O Module slot in the BC-H Chassis. Each IBM Bladecenter Server Blade has the optional capability of accomodating one or more I/O Expansion Cards to provide redundant connections to the BladeCenter Switch Modules. The routing of the Expansion Cards two ports occurs through the BladeCenters Midplane to the I/O Modules. One port from the Expansion Card is wired via the Midplane to one I/O Module Bay, while the other port is wired to a second I/O Module Bay to provide redundancy against a single point of failure. The QLogic Ethernet and 4GB FC CFFH I/O Expansion Card is used in conjunction with the Multi-Switch Interconnect Module, and requires that an Ethernet capable I/O Module be installed in the left position of the Multi-Switch Interconnect Module, and a Fiber Channel capable I/O Module installed in the right position of the Multi-Switch Interconnect Module. Both Switches do not need to be resident at the same time since the Fiber Channel and Ethernet Networks are separate and distinct.
|Device Type||Network Adapter|
|Form Factor||Plug-In Card|
|Interface (Bus) Type||PCI Express|
|Data Link Protocol||Gigabit Ethernet, 4GB Fibre Channel|
|Data Transfer Rate||4.24GB/s|