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Dell 8/4 Gbps FC SAN Module
Seamlessly integrate your M-series blade servers

Dell 8/4 Gbps FC SAN Module

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Get enterprise-class performance, improved scalability and easy deployment with the Dell™ 8/4 Gbps FC SAN Module — a flexible, standards-based platform that works seamlessly with your blade servers.

  • NPIV standards-based solution ensures connectivity into the SAN infrastructure of your choice.
  • Port aggregation capabilities reduce the cost and complexity of deploying M-series blades into existing storage area networks (SANs).
  • Support for 8/4/2 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) SANs provides investment protection for current and future SANs.

Simplified networking for your data center

Connect to the Fibre Channel (FC) storage area network (SAN) of your choice while still providing failover and port aggregation benefits that high-density, high-performance data centers require.

The Dell™ 8/4 Gbps FC SAN Module — when combined with an N_port ID Virtualization (NPIV)-enabled FC SAN and any of the Fibre Channel HBA mezzanine cards available for M-Series blades — leverages your SAN fabric management infrastructure and simplifies blade deployment.

Simplified connectivity and interoperability

The Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module eliminates the traditional challenges of heterogeneous switch-to-switch interoperability. Built on industry-standard N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) technology, the Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module non-disruptively connects Dell blades to NPIV-enabled FC SANs, including Cisco, Brocade, McDATA, and others.

Improved scalability for your data center

By leveraging NPIV technology, the Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module allows you to deploy M-Series blades into FC SANs without introducing additional switch domains into your data center.

The Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module combines cost-effective deployment with scalable port upgrade capabilities for up to 24 8Gbit/sec Fibre Channel ports. Dynamically grow from 12 ports to 24 as needed in your data center through pay-as-you-grow license upgrades.

Investment Protection

The Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module ensures flexibility by offering connectivity to widely deployed 2/4Gbps FC SANs while providing a seamless path to newer 8Gbps.


The Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module eliminates incremental switch management and configuration by presenting Fibre Channel connections as a logical device (rather than switch domains) to the SAN fabric. Enjoy the benefits of port aggregation, failover, and redundancy without the complexities of additional SAN switches.

Connect without the headaches

  • Experience plug-and-play simplicity with enterprise-class FC port aggregation.
  • Minimize the number of touches required by storage and networking administrators in blade deployments.
  • Integrate Dell M-Series blades into any NPIV-enabled FC SAN infrastructure easily.
  • Get the best of all worlds with simplified I/O (input/output) management and beneficial port aggregation.

Simple and scalable

  • Scale as needed from 12 to 24 ports to meet the changing demands of your data center.
  • Enable multiple fabric support for you to isolate servers with special bandwidth requirements and connect to several fabrics using a single module.
  • Enjoy peace of mind with automatic failover and failback.
  • Ensure data security by employing device-based authorization and policy-based control of SAN connections all the way to individual servers and virtual machines.

Transform your Dell M1000e blade server enclosure

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Fibre Channel ports

  • Up to 16 internal (server) ports and 8 external (SAN) ports. Model ships with 12 active ports enabled (2 external ports with 8Gbps SFP+ modules and 10 anywhere ports) for flexibility and growth based on your fibre channel needs. Port upgrade licenses and SFP+ optics available to utilize remaining 12 ports.


  • Connects to any T11 standards-based NPIV FC SAN using 8/4 Gbps HBA mezzanine cards
  • Flexible connections to multiple SANs through external SAN ports
  • External Auto-sensing of 8, 4, and 2 Gbit/sec port speeds
  • Internal speed matching between 8 and 4 Gbit/sec ports


  • 8.5 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;
  • 4.25 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex;
  • 2.125 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex

Aggregate bandwidth

  • 384 Gbit/sec end-to-end (full duplex)

Fabric latency

  • 700 ns with no contention, cut through routing at 8 Gbit/sec

Maximum frame size

  • 2112-byte payload

Classes of Service

  • Class 2, Class 3

Port Types

  • F_Port and NPIV-enabled N_Port


  • 8Gb SFP+ optical transceivers (single pack)
  • Port upgrade license (enables additional 12 ports)


  • Supported Mgmt Software 
    • Telnet, HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB); Auditing, Syslog 
  • Security 
    • SSL, SSH v2, HTTPS, LDAP, RADIUS, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices), Port Binding, Switch Binding, Secure RPC, Secure Copy (SCP), Trusted Switch, IPSec, IP Filtering
  • Management access 
    • Serial port (RJ-45)
    • M1000e Chassis Management Controller (CMC) 
  • Diagnostics 
    • POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including RAStrace logging, environmental monitoring, non-disruptive daemon restart, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), port mirroring (SPAN port)


  • Enclosure
    • Width: 272.75 mm
    • Height: 32.48 mm
    • Depth: 307.24 mm
    • Weight: 4.65 Pounds— without media

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature Operating: 0°C to 40°C(32°F to 104°F)
  • Temperature Non-operating: -20°C to 70°C(-4°F to 158°F) 
  • Humidity Operating: 10% to 90%, non-condensing at 29°C
  • Humidity Non-operating: 5% to 95%, non-condensing at 38°C 
  • Operating altitude: Up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft) 
  • Storage altitude: Up to 10.668km (35,000ft)
  • Operating Shock: 20G for 6ms
  • Non-operating Shock:  50G with a velocity change of 4216 mm/sec squared
  • Vibration Operating: 0.4G at 5 Hz to 500 Hz for 60 minutes
  • Vibration Non-operating: 0.5G at 2 Hz to 200 Hz for 15 minutes; 1.04 grams random for 15 minutes


  • DC Input:
    • 12V and 3.3V from M1000e blade chassis (shared power supplies)


Download the Dell 8/4Gbps FC SAN Module Spec Sheet (PDF).

Download the Dell PowerEdge M Series Blades IO Guide Datasheet (PDF).

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