Virtual Connect 4.01 Release New Features Demo

I just updated my Virtual Connect Technical Overview deck to reflect some new features releases in Virtual Connect 4.0.1. They include:

  • Min/Max BW Optimization
  • Dual-Hop FCOE to Nexus5500/5000
  • QOS

If you have viewed this deck before and would like to directly jump to 4.0.1 new feature section, it starts from slide 67.

I also created a youtube video showing the above three features. Hopefully it can help you with better understanding these features.

I also updated my “VC Bookmark” tab with latest 4.01 links and added a “Download” tab for VC 4.01 image download(too difficult to find on web).

6 thoughts on “Virtual Connect 4.01 Release New Features Demo

  1. What a tremendous amount of hp blade treasure information, all in one “overview”.


    2 questions

    1) Page 84 states direct attach 3par support for V, T and F-series only.
    In the “HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and VMware vSphere 5 best practices” technical whitepaper on page 14 there is an example of wiring from HP FlexFabric Virtual Connect modules to an HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 using a flat SAN topology.

    So direct attach 3par is also supported for 7200, 7400 and 7450???

    2) As BL685G7 with internal NC551 does not support the “Min/Max Bandwith” feature I wonder however if the new 4.01 QOS features are supported by NC551 and this is the way to go instead? Or would it be better to obtain NC553 mezzanins?

    Thanks and keep up with the excellent infos.

    • Good questions. Jim

      1) Direct Attach support 3PAR 7000. For anything related with HP Storage, the best doc is HP SPOCK

      there should be a section at the left panel called “other hardware”, Virtual Connect is one product and click it will give you VC storage related doc.

      this is lated PDF updated on 6/27/2013 and you can see in page 2, 3par7000 is supported for Flat SAN.

      Click to access document.aspx

      2) VC QOS feature is not determined by CNA or NIC as it’s a egress feature on VC so it’s VC role to prioritize different traffic. So NC551 will be fine with VC QOS feature(as it has nothing to do in this feature). Long term it’s better to have NC553 as I feel NC551 often seem to have something special(it’s ASIC is one generation earlier than NC553/554)

      thanks for your comments.

  2. Hi ,

    Which is stable version in virtual connect , is it . 3.7 or 4.01. Last month we bought four c7000 enclosures and along with hp bl460c g8 blades.,and all are came with virtual connect 3.7 version. Now we are planing to put the servers in production, before putting the servers in production i would you like to upgrade the virtual connect from 3.7 to 4.01 version. is it recommended to go for 4.01. please share your suggestion.


    • both are stable versions. I haven’t heard any major issues with VC4.01. In my eyes, VC4.01 has 3 major features
      1) Min/Max Bandwidth
      2) Dual-Hop FCOE
      3) QOS

      While 2) and 3) may not be relevant to many customers, every single VC customer will benefit 1) feature Min/Max Bandwidth. You can watch my youtube video for the introduction for these 3 features.

      Also, HP formal support policy will have a window requiring SPP(firmware/driver bundle) not being older than 1 year. so it’s better to get your firmware up to latest before you worry about to upgrade in the production environment.

      For general guideline, I’d recommend VC4.01 for the above reason.

      • Hi , Thank you for reply ,as per your feed back i have upgraded my virtual connect :). The upgrade went smooth.
        i would like to ask one more question, i have to move 2 blades from one enclosure to another enclosure (both are in same rack) . how to transfer the blade profile from one enclosure to another enclosure. What is requirements for that.


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