Blade Chassis I/O Diagrams

Many people get confused as to why so many I/O modules are needed within a given blade chassis.  The basic concept is simple (in most cases) – for each port you need on a given blade server, you need to have a corresponding I/O module.  For example, if you need 4 NICs, you’re going to need 4 Ethernet modules (in most cases.)  In today’s post, I thought I would keep it simple and publish the I/O diagrams of Cisco, Dell, HP and IBM chassis.  Of course, I am human and “have been known to make mistakes – from time to time” so please feel free to correct me on any errors you see.  Enjoy.

(Updated 8/3/2011 – fixed Dell M1000e Full Height I/O Diagram)

Cisco UCS 5108 I-O Mapping Diagram

Dell M1000 I-O Mapping Full Height rev 8-3-11

 

Dell M1000 I-O Mapping Half Height

HP BladeSystem c3000 H I-O Mapping Full Height

 

BladeSystem c3000 H I-O Mapping Half Height

HP BladeSystem c7000 H I-O Mapping Full Height

HP BladeSystem c7000 H I-O Mapping Half Height

IBM BladeCenter S I-O DiagramIBM BladeCenter E - IO Diagram

IBM BladeCenter H I-O Diagram