Hey! You got Cisco FEX in my HP Bladecenter!

Like ever so much chocolate and peanut butter, Cisco has let us at Networking Field day that they’ve worked with HP to allow their Nexus B22 Fiber Exchange (FEX) modules to be installed directly into the HP Blade Centers.

I’m not a big networking guy, but this is really cool, and here’s why.

The FEX is a piece of hardware designed specifically to extend I/O directly to the server and even into VM guests. It “…behaves like a remote line card to a parent Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch”. This was and has been only possible if you used the Cisco Unified Computing System, their own blade server solution offering. Until now.

Now, if you’ve got an HP C-class Blade Enclosure and you’re using a Nexus switch upstream, you can get one of these B22 modules, install it, and your HP machines can take advantage of the features.

If you want to read more, check out the Cisco Nexus B22HP Design & Deployment Guide.

Cool stuff. It’s great to see big companies like this working together. Everyone benefits, and it encourages more cooperation.

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