Bladecenters and freebsd

Damien Fleuriot ml at
Fri Jan 13 14:01:34 UTC 2012

On 1/13/12 2:27 PM, Pascal S. Clermont wrote:
> Hi
> I am currently seeking a bladecenter solution that is supported by
> FreeBSD. As much as I would enjoy buying one and test it out, this
> method could come out very expensive.
> we need to replace our old IBM Bladecenter by more recent equipment.
> I have looked at ixsystems but they only provide a solution that
> supports ethernet/infiniband modules. I am wandering if a solution such
> as  a bridgex
> (
> could give me the best of both worlds? but I have never played with any
> similar device.
> Does anyone have any current bladecenter hardware that is running FreeBSD?
> Ideally this bladecenter would possess Fibre Channel modules in order to
> speak directly with our current SAN.
> Any gotchas, I should be aware of?
> Pascal

We're successfully running 8.2-RELEASE on Dell's PowerEdge M1000e.

We don't have a SAN and thus no use for FC, so I wouldn't be able to
tell you about that.

Why don't you just get a manufacturer to *lend* you a chassis + 1 blade
server, so that you may test ?

We've done that with Dell.

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