HPE Virtual Connect

Reduce cost and complexity with blade server virtualisation that simply connects networks and storage.

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Wire-Once Connectivity Across Devices

HPE has created a combination hardware and software server edge virtualisation solution called Virtual Connect. HPE Virtual Connect can reduce complexity, substantially lower hardware costs at the server edge and trim costs associated with powering and cooling. HPE Virtual Connect is also designed to address bandwidth optimisation demands, converge server edge connections and deliver up to 4x the connections per physical network link. 

95%

Reduction in complexity1

65%

Reduction of hardware costs2

40%

Reduction of power and cooling costs3

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Virtual Connect for Dummies

This informative guide explains how to simplify your data, lower costs and save time.

Virtual Connect Product Portfolio

HPE Virtual Connect interconnect modules connect servers and virtual machines to data and storage networks over Ethernet, Fibre Channel and iSCSI protocols.

Ethernet Interconnects

HPE Virtual Connect FlexFabric Ethernet modules enable up to 20Gb bandwidth to each server and up to 40Gb speeds to the infrastructure. Connect easily to SAN storage with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support (single- and dual-hop). Consolidate multiple physical ports into virtual ports over a single 20Gb channel. 

Fibre Channel Interconnects

HPE Virtual Connect Fibre Channel Modules support native 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel connectivity. With NPIV and HPE Virtual Connect Fibre Channel technology, you can share a single physical Fibre Channel HBA port among multiple virtual ports, enabling higher availability with automatic failover to increase uptime. 

Elevate the Performance of your HPE BladeSystem

Significantly reduce the cabling required to attach your servers to the network and simplify the way you connect servers to the SAN with HPE Virtual Connect solutions.

HPE Virtual Connect FlexFabric-20/40 F8 Module for C-Class BladeSystem

HPE Virtual Connect FlexFabric-20/40 F8 Module for C-Class BladeSystem

Reduce network sprawl with one device that converges all traffic inside HPE BladeSystem enclosures and directly connects to LANs and SANs.

  • Simplify the server edge with 95% consolidation 
  • Reduce networking TCO with 65% less equipment
  • Optimise hypervisor I/O requirements 
  • Seamlessly connect to industry standard networks
  • Reduce latency by 55% and provision 2.5x faster
  • Wire-once, then add, move and change thousands of server connections in minutes
Learn more about HPE Virtual Connect 16Gb 24-port Fibre Channel Module

HPE Virtual Connect 16Gb 24-port Fibre Channel Module

Simplify the process of connecting servers to Fibre Channel networks by reducing cables and streamlining SAN switch management domains.

  • Remove storage network bottlenecks and optimise HPE BladeSystem performance 
  • Enhance server virtualisation density with 2x bandwidth 
  • Reduce latency for big data operations
  • Add, move or change servers in minutes when connecting with 16Gb FC SAN 
  • Increase blade server fibre channel (SAN) bandwidth from 8Gb to 16Gb 
  • Achieve lossless failover with NPIV trunking

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Find the right HPE Ethernet and HPE Fibre Channel Interconnect modules that can help you improve HPE BladeSystem workload performance.

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Resources

Family Guide : Learn About the Eight Steps to Building an HPE BladeSystem

Learn About the Eight Steps to Building an HPE BladeSystem
Family Guide

Learn About the Eight Steps to Building an HPE BladeSystem

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Analyst Report : Discover How HPE BladeSystem and HPE 20GbE Adapters Deliver More than Cisco

Discover How HPE BladeSystem and HPE 20GbE Adapters Deliver More than Cisco
Analyst Report

Discover How HPE BladeSystem and HPE 20GbE Adapters Deliver More than Cisco

Technical White Paper : Learn More About Efficiently Managing Virtual Connect Environments

Learn More About Efficiently Managing Virtual Connect Environments
Technical White Paper

Learn More About Efficiently Managing Virtual Connect Environments

Technical White Paper : Read a Comprehensive Overview Discussing HPE Virtual Connect Technologies

Read a Comprehensive Overview Discussing HPE Virtual Connect Technologies
Technical White Paper

Read a Comprehensive Overview Discussing HPE Virtual Connect Technologies

Technical White Paper : HPE OneView Concepts for HPE Virtual Connect and HPE BladeSystem Customers

HPE OneView Concepts for HPE Virtual Connect and HPE BladeSystem Customers
Technical White Paper

HPE OneView Concepts for HPE Virtual Connect and HPE BladeSystem Customers

Case Study : Find Out How Bally Technologies is Building an Innovative Gaming Platform with HPE

Find Out How Bally Technologies is Building an Innovative Gaming Platform with HPE
Case Study

Find Out How Bally Technologies is Building an Innovative Gaming Platform with HPE

Technical White Paper : Virtual Connect Cookbook Explains HPE BladeSystem and Virtual Connect Integration

Virtual Connect Cookbook Explains HPE BladeSystem and Virtual Connect Integration
Technical White Paper

Virtual Connect Cookbook Explains HPE BladeSystem and Virtual Connect Integration

Documentation : Learn more about Virtual Connect v4.50 for BladeSystem

Learn more about Virtual Connect v4.50 for BladeSystem
Documentation

Learn more about Virtual Connect v4.50 for BladeSystem

  • 1.

    A traditional server blade configuration typically requires up to 40 configuration components. The VC FlexFabric solution needs only embedded dual-port FlexFabric adapters on servers (no mezzanine cards) and two VC FlexFabric modules, which explains the calculation of (40-2)/40=95 percent.

  • 2.

    Based on the difference of traditional interconnect and adapter cost when compared to the VC Flex-10/10D solution. Compare cost of 6 Ethernet switches, 16 quad-port NICs, to 2 HP VC Flex-10/10D. ILP, May 2010.

  • 3.

    Based on the difference of traditional interconnect and adapter power costs compared to VC Flex-10/10D solution. Compare cost of power for 6 Virtual Connect FlexFabric 6 Ethernet switches, 16x 1 Gb Dual-Port NIC LOMs, 16 quad-port NICs to 2 HP VC Flex-10/10D modules connected to 16 embedded Flex-10 adapters.