Brocade 1020 CNA 10GbE PCIe Cards

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  1. Patrick

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    Starting a thread on these cards. They are extremely inexpensive on ebay (I purchased 3 for $99.99 total shipped).

    Here is an ebay link to the cards: brocade 1020 | eBay

    $33.33 each was achieved using best offer.

    Specs
    Power consumption: 8.5w
    Dual port SFP+
    Low profile (mine came with full height brackets)

    Tested Operating Systems
    Confirmed working with:
    VMware ESXi 5.0 and ESXi 5.5 with drivers (see here)
    Solaris 11 (see here)
    Ubuntu 13.10 - not autodetected at startup (will try installing drivers)
    Windows 7
    A few threads on the Brocade 1020
    http://forums.servethehome.com/networking/2143-anyone-notice-cheap-brocade-10gbe.html
    http://forums.servethehome.com/networking/1488-brocade-cnas.html
     
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    Very nice. It seams that it would not require significant airflow for the card and ESXi 5.5 drivers appear to be listed on the manufacture website.

    The recommended cable from the 2nd thread, Brocade 10G Active 3m FCoE 58-1000027-01 Cable, is ~$75 on ebay.

    Brocade datasheet seams really out of date listing only:
    Supported operating systems
    Windows Server 2003/2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; RHEL 4/5; SLES 9/10/11; Solaris 10 (x86 and SPARC); and VMware ESX 3.5, ESX/ESXi 4.0

    Brocade 1010 and 1020 Converged Network Adapters (CNAs)
     
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  3. s0lid

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    Support list

    OS:
    Windows 7/8/2008r2/2012 TESTED
    ESXi 5.5 TESTED
    Solaris 11 TESTED
    CentOS TESTED
    Debian/Ubuntu TESTED, Might need to download firmware files from kernel.org's git.
    Gentoo, Kernel driver as module + linux-firmware package.

    Switch/nics:
    Bottom line is I've not found a switch that these would NOT talk with
    Extreme BD6808 10G linecard
    Juniper EX33300
    Force10 s4810p
    ZTE E8912 10G linecard
    IBM/Blade Rackswitch G8000
    Intel 520 10G nics
    Broadcom 10G nics

    SFPs:
    Only brocade branded sfp+ lamps work, tried several brands: Force10, Finisar, Avago port instantly went into error state with "foreign" sfp.

    SFP cables:
    Only brocade branded are reported to work.
     
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  4. Patrick

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    Great information. Updated.
     
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  5. s0lid

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    You forgot win7 :D
     
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  6. azev

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    has anyone using cisco dac cables and see if it would work with these cards ? I am curious what is the difference between active and non active cables.

    Thanks
     
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  7. TangoWhiskey9

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    Passive = 5 meters maximum
     
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  8. Jubby

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    I have a few of these cards and I believe they are not compatible with a passive DAC. No dramas running Esxi 4.1, windows 8. Couldn't get it to run on SE11 or Omnios. I did see a Korean link that showed it running on Omnios but no instructions. I also couldn't get it to link with the sfp port on my Dell 2724.
     
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  9. Lichtwald

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    I picked up a few of these as well. Can confirm they don't support passive DACs. I grabbed a few of the previously mentioned 3m Brocade active cables from Brocade 10g SFP Fcoe 3M Fcoe Active Cable 58 1000027 01 | eBay for 35$ a piece (so far the best price that I've seen).

    I'll let you know if they work when they get here. So far the cables are installed and happy with Win 7 and 8. Like s0lid, I had no luck with Ubuntu so far, and no love on FreeBSD.

    Once I get these working I'm probably going to move my FreeNAS setup to ESXi. I always love how experiments grow so naturally out of each other!
     
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  10. s0lid

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    Bought 2 more for 60USD/pop with 10gbics and both brackets. This way I can retire FC hardware from my network, good bye qle246x + silkworm 200e, welcome 5x 10G FCoE ;)
     
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  11. legen

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    I'm reading up on 10 Gbit equipment and have one, i guess really simple, question.
    The ebay auction says -*NO SFPs INCLUDED*. So do i need to get SFP transceiver modules for the card before I can use it?

    Or are transceivers mounted on the cables now days?

    I have only used a Netgear GS724 SFP port before, and then i bought a separate transceiver module that i plugged in to the switch SFP "socket".

    Please enlighten me :)
     
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  12. s0lid

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    You can use Brocade Twinax cables if you don't want to buy fiber and expensive SFP+ modules.
    Brocade Twinax cables go up to 5 Meters.
     
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  13. legen

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    Ah okay. But generally speaking I would need to get SFP+ modules for other 10 Gbe nics?

    EDIT:
    Is the same true for infiniband cards like a Connect X 2 VPI? Do one need some QSFP transceiver module?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mellanox-Connect-X-2-VPI-MHQH19B-XTR-Network-Adapter-/131046383107?pt=US_Internal_Network_Cards&hash=item1e82f91e03
     
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    Thanks for the tip :)

    This is probably obvious, but I thought I would mention it anyway:
    If anyone experiences instability with these NICs, it can help to update the firmware.
    The configuration I experiences trouble with is: Supermicro X10SLH-F and ESXi 5.5.
     
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    Brocade works only with brocade SFP+/DAC cables! Watch out! there is a reason why they are cheap!
     
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  16. DolphinsDan

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    Anyone have links to working cables? I'd love to hear more on what people are actually getting to work with these Brocade NICs.
     
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  18. Martin2341

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    Hi MiniKnight,

    I'm not sure about the "passive" bit. I'm pretty sure the Brocade 1020's only support the active twinax cables. Also, here is a link to the drivers on the Brocade site in case anyone needs it. 1010 FCoE CNAs and 1020 FCoE CNAs Downloads - Brocade
     
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  19. MiniKnight

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    Thanks Martin. That's what I was thinking. I think those are passive cables. Thanks for the link!
     
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  20. s0lid

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    Little updates:
    Haven't found way enable jumbo frames in solaris 11 or any other solaris like operating systems.
    CentOS 6 supports these cards out the box, no need to hassle with drivers!
     
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