Overview - Emulex dual port VFA II adapter and FCoE /iSCSI license bundle for IBM System x


The Emulex 10 GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM System x

The Emulex 10 GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter II for IBM System x is a member of IBM's comprehensive networking portfolio of 1 GbE and 10 GbE adapters, and delivers industry-leading performance and scalability, reducing requirements for power and cooling. Protocol offloads enable the use of computing resources, support more VMs per CPU, and reduce the number of servers required to support data center demands. Furthermore, the capability to use fibre optic or twin-ax copper cabling enables the deployment of your choice of fabric.

Features and functions:

  • Dual-channel, 10 Gbps Ethernet Link speed
  • Two SFP+ empty cages to support either SFP+ SR or twin-ax copper connection
  • TCIP/IP stateless offloads
  • TCP chimney offload
  • Hardware parity, CRC, ECC, and other advanced error checking
  • PCI-E gen 2
  • PCI-E small form-factor design (MD-2)
  • IPv4/IPv6 TCP, UDP checksum offload
  • VLAN insertion and extraction
  • Support for jumbo frames up to 9000 bytes
  • Preboot eXecutive Environment (PXE) 2.0 network boot support
  • Interrupt coalescing
  • Load balancing and failover support
  • One-year limited warranty (1)

The Emulex VFA II FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x

Emulex VFA II FCoE License for IBM System x enables convergence of FCoE protocol with standard NIC traffic.

  • Simplifies cabling and management
  • Easily integrates into the client's existing setup (virtual or nonvirtual)

    Fast and scalable:

    • True line-rate 10 Gb performance.
    • FCoE bandwidth provisioning from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps enables faster virtual machine (VM) booting and faster backup in case of disaster recovery.
    • Clients can get the exact number ports and amount of bandwidth needed by their applications.


    • Each virtual port operates anywhere between 100 Mb and 10 Gb and can run as NIC or FCoE.
    • The products offer an easy transition from 1 Gb to 10 GbE and to FCoE.
    • They increase network utilization by providing capability to assign the exact bandwidth needed by different applications.

At a glance

The Emulex 10 GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter for IBM System x (95Y3751) provides an ideal solution for all servers needing high-speed data transfer in LAN connectivity for mission-critical applications. This network adapter provides support for 10 GbE networking with optical or copper connectivity. The adapter comes with the FCoE/iSCSI License installed.

  • Maximizes I/O consolidation with high-performance 10 GbE ports
  • Leverages existing IT investments
  • Allows more virtual machines (VMs) per server with TCP offload
  • Offers hardware parity, CRC, ECC and other advanced error checking
  • Is backed by industry-renowned IBM serviceability, education, support, and training

Key prerequisites

The dual port VFA II adapter can be used on supported System x servers with an available PCI Express expansion slot. IBM System x provides end-to-end testing for select iSCSI and FCoE configurations. Please reference To reference all supported configurations, visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic/interoperability.wss to reference all supported configurations.


Emulex Dual Port VFAII Adapter (95Y3751)

  • Warranty period: 1 yr.
  • Service type: (IOR/IOE/CCE/CCR) CRU
  • Maintenance agreement: No
  • Optional upgrade: No

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Product Package description Boxes
Emulex Dual Port VFAII Adapter and FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x Option Unit Box 1


  • Dual-port VFAII adapter
  • Low profile bracket
  • Quick install guide
  • Documentation CD
  • Important Notices Flyer

The VFAII Adapter is shipped as a single package. Other items are in zipped bags. Retail only

Packaging Dimensions/Weight:

  • Single box (HxDxW): 189 mm (7.51 in) 38 mm (1.50 in) 90 mm (3/54 in)
  • Package weight: 450 g (0.99 lb)

Note: All measurements are approximate.

Physical specifications

Emulex Dual Port VFAII Adapter dimensions

  • Approximate height: 167 mm (6.60 in)
  • Approximate width: 69 mm (2.71 in)
  • Approximate depth: 17.3 mm (0.6875 in)
  • Approximate weight: 95 g (0.21 lb)

Operating environment

  • Operating temperature: - 0 to 55 degrees C (32 to 131 F)
  • Storage temperature: - 40 to 70 degrees C (-40 to 158 degrees F)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% (noncondensing)

Agency approvals

  • EN55022
  • EN55024
  • EN60950 / CE
  • EN 61000-3-2
  • EN 61000-3-3
  • IEC 950 CB Scheme
  • FCC Part 15 Class A
  • UL 1950
  • CSA C22.2 950-95
  • VCCI
  • NZ AS3548 / C-tick
  • RRL for MIC (KCC)
  • BSMI
  • UL 94-/V

Product marketing and replacement part numbers (FRU)

Description Marketing part number Replacement part number
Emulex Dual-port VFAII Adapter and FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x
95Y3751 95Y3753

Hardware requirements:

This Virtual Fabric Adapter must be installed in a selected System x server.

Software requirements:

The Emulex Dual Port VFAII Adapter supports the following major operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 2003
  • Microsoft Windows 2008
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
  • VMware 4
  • VSphere 5.0


For latest compatibility information, visit


Note: Some configurations may not be compatible.


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Applicable countries and regions


Document id:  MIGR-5090015
Last modified:  2012-04-24
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