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HPE Virtual Connect and Networking for BladeSystem

Proven wire-once simplicity

By simplifying and converging your server edge connections, HPE Virtual Connect makes server changes transparent to storage and networks, and delivers four times the number of connections per physical network link. Virtual Connect enables you to dynamically optimize and control bandwidth using fewer physical ports for the same performance, while also reducing server edge infrastructure - switches, host bus adapters (HBAs), network interface cards (NICs), and cables - up to 95 percent, lowering hardware costs up to 65 percent, and consuming up to 40 percent less power. HPE Virtual Connect FlexFabric Ethernet and Fibre Channel Modules connects servers and virtual machines to data and storage networks over Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and iSCSI protocols. With more than 10 million ports shipped, Virtual Connect continues to deliver proven simplified operations for HPE BladeSystem c-Class and HPE ProLiant blade servers through Gen10.

HPE Virtual Connect

Easy operations deployment
  • Server blades are change-ready - you can add, move, replace, or upgrade server blades, as well as move workloads without affecting your LAN or SAN.
  • You can wire once, and then add, move, and change network connections in minutes instead of days. You can also manage connections to thousands of servers from a single console.
  • Offering both single- and dual-hop FCoE capabilities, HPE Virtual Connect simplifies your network; you can use one module for all your data and storage connection needs. Single-hop FCoE enables a converged fabric at the server end without impacting traditional LAN and SAN. Dual-hop FCoE bridges the gap between a converged fabric at the server end and the aggregation layer.The HPE Virtual Connect FlexFabric family supports both single- and dual-hop FCoE.The HPE Virtual Connect Flex-10/10D Module supports dual-hop FCoE.The HPE Virtual Connect Fibre Channel Modules support native 16 G and 8 G Fibre Channel connectivity.
  • HPE Virtual Connect modules are compatible with existing data and storage networks, protocols, and procedures, as well as with all other standards-based switch products. Virtual Connect modules provide high-performance and end-to-end optical or copper connections with HPE Networking and other brands of aggregation or core switches.