Innovation can come in many forms. Sometimes it’s with a completely new technology, sometimes with updating an existing product and in other cases, just by changing the approach to how you acquire and deliver a product. It is the latter that is the latest innovation from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) when it comes to I/O connectivity.
In conjunction with the launch of HPE ProLiant and Apollo Gen10 Plus servers, the HPE Server I/O Options team developed a new approach for sourcing and qualifying Ethernet adapters for these servers. Deploying what they call Industry Standard Adapters, HPE can now better meet the needs of their end customers with an increased number of options when it comes to firmware and driver updates for their Ethernet adapters in HPE servers.
Traditionally, HPE would source I/O technology from OEM suppliers such as Marvell, create customer model numbers and specifications for adapters and make firmware and drives only available from HPE. These “custom” adapters were often referred to as HPE-optimized. Starting with Gen10 Plus servers, HPE is eliminating the customization and using standard adapters that can work not only in HPE servers, but in others as well. Hence the term “Industry Standard Adapters.”
Marvell is glad to be a strategic partner of HPE, providing a wide variety of Marvell® FastLinQ® adapters that are fully qualified and supported by HPE on the HPE ProLiant Gen10 Plus servers. Below are the current offerings from Marvell for HPE Gen10 Plus servers.
|HPE Part Number||Model Name||Product Description|
|P08437-B21||QL41132HLRJ||HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port BASE-T QL41132HLRJ Adapter|
|P10103-B21||QL41132HQRJ||HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port BASE-T QL41132HQRJ OCP3 Adapter|
|P21933-B21||QL41132HLCU||HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port SFP+ QL41132HLCU Adapter|
|P08452-B21||QL41132HQCU||HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2-port SFP+ QL41132HQCU OCP3 Adapter|
|P10094-B21||QL41134HLCU||HPE Ethernet 10GbE 4-port SFP+ QL41134HLCU Adapter|
|P22702-B21||QL41232HLCU||HPE Ethernet 10/25Gb 2-port SFP28 QL41232HLCU Adapter|
|P10118-B21||QL41232HQCU||HPE Ethernet 10/25Gb 2-port SFP28 QL41232HQCU OCP3 Adapter|
With the new approach, HPE Gen10 Plus customers can see the Marvell model numbers in the HPE product description and identify the Marvell vendor and product IDs at server boot. Then they will be directed to Marvell for detailed specifications, user guides, technical briefs and even firmware and/or driver downloads. The support model will not change and HPE will continue to provide level 1 - 3 support. The new approach will benefit HPE customers in a number of ways:
For those HPE ProLiant customers who prefer utilizing HPE-specific deployment software and utilities like HPE System Insight Manager (SIM), System Update Manager (SUM) or Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP), HPE will also make firmware and drivers available through their normal quarterly processes.
The Marvell portfolio for HPE ProLiant Gen10 Plus includes PCIe and OCP 3.0 form factor adapters in 1/10GBASE-T, 10Gb SFP+ and 10/25GbE SFP28 variants. All these adapters support Marvell’s industry-leading list of features and capabilities, including:
For more details on Marvell’s FastLinQ adapters, download the family product brief here.
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