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Sun Blade 6000 Virtualised 40 GbE NEM

Flexible and Cost-Effective Network Connectivity for Virtualisation

Designed to seamlessly integrate into the Sun Blade 6000 chassis, Oracle’s Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized 40 GbE Network Express Module is industry’s first fully virtualized 40 GbE network aggregation for all ten server modules (blades). It is an ideal network interface for connecting multiple virtualized blades that require scalable I/O throughput for workloads such as web, application and database servers.
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The Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized 40 GbE Network Express Module (NEM) is a multifunction PCIe 2.0 connectivity module for the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System. Combining virtualized 40 GbE or 10 GbE network connectivity, support for SAS-2 storage connectivity to storage modules in a single chassis and 1GbE pass-through, this NEM is a unique platform for simplifying datacenter networks without adding the extra cost of switches to manage. It utilizes an Oracle-designed 40 GbE NIC ASIC, that virtualizes the 40 GbE or 2x10GbE network connectivity across ten server modules in the Sun Blade 6000 chassis thus simplifying the networks by eliminating NICs for serves, switching for intra-blade communication and reducing cables by 10:1.

Part No. 6000-nem
Manufacturer Sun Oracle
End of Life? Yes
Height 24.1 mm
Width 426 mm
Depth 163 mm
Weight [Kg] 2.42
Supported OS Oracle Solaris
Oracle Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Microsoft Windows 2008
PCI Slot(s) 4 Virtual Functions per Blade. 96 DMAs (48 DMA Rx/Tx pairs)
SR-IOV supported for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, amd Oracle VM
LAN Socket(s) 10x 10/100/1000 Mb/sec Ethernet pass-through ports
4x 10Gbe SFP+ ports (2x 2x10 GbE and 4 1x40 GbE link)
4094 VLANs supported
Uplink ports can be configured for VLAN tagging at egress or pass-thru of tagged VLAN packets from server ports.

Link Aggregation & Failover Static link aggregation of two 10 GbE links. 802.3ad is not supported
Failover Supported: Between Port 0 and 1. Between NEM 0 and 1

The Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized 40 GbE NEM offers configurable options making it ideally suited for different types of workloads ranging from applications just needing high intra-blade communications to those needing higher virtualized bandwidth. Examples of some of these workloads are ones that move smaller amounts of data and require high-speed network for lower latency such as web servers and application servers and workloads that move a lot of data intermittently such as enterprise applications and databases. By default the blades share the available bandwidth in equal amount and are in privacy mode so the unicast traffic from one blade is not seen by other blades. More deterministic bandwidth can be configured for any or all blades in the increment of 1% of the total bandwidth. Ingress filtering and VLANs supported by the NEM provide security options for both the unicast and broadcast traffic from the blades.

The Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized 40 GbE NEM supports connection to external devices either through small form-factor pluggable (SFP)+ ports, or 10/100/1000 twisted-pair Ethernet (TPE) ports and to internal Sun Blade storage modules through the internal SAS-2 expanders that connect the server modules in the Sun Blade 6000 chassis with the storage modules in the same chassis. Up to 2 SFP+ ports can be used as 2x10GbE. A 40GbE link is provided when 4 SFP+ ports are used (with QSFP to 4 SFP+ splitter cables). The Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized 40 GbE NEM form factor provides a method of deploying bulk remote I/O that allows tool-less installation/removal and packs more performance and functionality in a smaller space, while delivering higher network throughput. It makes efficient use of data center real estate by reducing the number of cables.

This NEM is easy to install and manage. The flexible architecture of the Sun Blade 6000 modular system is based entirely on the hot-pluggable components—I/O, processing, system management, and chassis infrastructure. All critical components, including the NEM modules, are hot-swappable and redundant providing enterprise-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features. The Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized 40 GbE NEM helps to boost data center efficiency and uptime and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Pass-thru PCIe 2.0 Fabric Expansion Module (Mktg Part # 7100633) is required on the server blade for its connectivity to the SFP+ ports on the NEM. Raid Expansion Module (Mktg Part # SGX-SAS6-REM-Z or SGX-SAS6-R-REM-Z) is required on the blade server for connectivity to the Sun Blade Storage Module M2 through the NEM.