The Brocade Converged 10GbE Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter allows for users to separate their 10GbE traffic from their 8Gb fibre traffic at the switch module that sits inside the IBM BladeCenter chassis. The module is designed to offer up to 30 ports - 14 internal and 16 external. The 16 external ports provides up to 8 x 8Gbps FC ports and 8 x 10GbE ports. The Brocade Converged 10GbE Switch Module is IBM Part Number 69Y1909 and comes standard with 16 of the 30 ports activated. In the base model, two external CEE ports (ports 15 and 16) are pre-licensed and are pre-installed with two 10GbE optical transceivers. The remaining 14 licenses are available to be assigned to other internal or external ports in any combination of external CEE ports, external FC ports, or internal CEE ports. IBM is referring to this as Dynamic Port on Demand (DPoD).
With this move IBM BladeCenter shows continued support for converged infrastructure and continued differentiation in the marketplace.