Correct 5899 is traditional quad port Gig-E adapter and it gets assigned in it's entirety to a single partition.

You'd probably want the #EN17 which has two GbE copper and two 10GbE Fiber connections. Each port can be share with up to 16 partitions.

The other option is the EN15 which has four 10GbE Fiber ports.

Note that you must have an HMC and it's minimum code level is 7.7.9. Of course if you have POWER8 servers then minimum is Version 8.

You would have more than one for the same reasons as always, card failure, slot failure, finger check (pulled wrong cable), or the switch on the other end fails etc.

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis - Personal Development IBM i timeshare service. - Commercial IBM i Cloud Hosting.

On 12/2/2015 8:44 AM, Steinmetz, Paul wrote:


I originally thought the 5899 was SR-IOV capable, but appears not.

1) What feature do you recommend as a viable replacement?

2) If using SR-IOV for Ethernet, is there any reason to have more than 1 Ethernet adapter?


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Subject: Re: Hosted LPAR - Virtual Ethernet via Layer-2 Bridge vs using SR-IOV

Either is valid, your call. If you are purchasing new Ethernet then get an adapter that is SR-IOV capable, if you already have adapters such as FC #5899 and don't want to add more then use the bridge.

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis - Personal Development IBM i timeshare service. - Commercial IBM i Cloud Hosting.

On 12/1/2015 2:15 PM, Steinmetz, Paul wrote:
When creating virtual Ethernet on a hosted LPAR, should I continue to use the Layer-2 bridge (from Pete Massiello PDF - Building Virtual IBM i partitions on hosted IBM i).
Should/Can SR-IOV be used instead?

Thank You
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