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CX210 Switch Module V100R001 User Guide 14

This document describes the CX210 multi-plane switch module of the E9000 server in terms of its features, installation, removal, and configuration.
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This topic describes the main functions, supported protocols, and port types of the CX210 switch module (CX210).

The CX210 is a storage switching unit that provides storage data switching functionality for service slots in the system and centrally provides service, and management interfaces for external devices.

The CX210 is installed in a rear slot of the E9000 chassis and connected to compute nodes, and management modules through the E9000 midplane. The CX210 performs switching of storage data packets and the management system to provide high-speed data transmission.

Table 2-1 describes the functions of the CX210.

Table 2-1 FC switching plane function description



Fibre Channel (FC) switching

FC optical port

Supports 4G/8G FC autonegotiation, full duplex.


  • Supports the FC switching mode (Native) and access gateway mode (that is, NPV mode). NPV is short for N-Port virtualization.
  • Supports free mapping to the internal fibre channel (FC) ports and external FC ports in NPV mode.
  • Supports network connection between E_Ports and Brocade FC switches in FC mode. A license is required for the function.


Supports N_Port ID virtualization (NPIV). A physical port supports access of multiple N_Port_IDs.

FC switching

Link aggregation

Supports FC port multi-link aggregation to expand the port bandwidth and provide redundancy.

  • Supports connection only to Brocade FC switches.
  • Requires a license.

Configuration and maintenance

Configuration and management modes

  • Supports configurations using command lines.
  • Supports the HTTPS-based Webtool (graphical user interface).
  • Simple Network Management Protocol version 1/3 (SNMPv1/v3).
  • Supports the FC Fabric Element management information base (MIB).

Connection mode

  • Ethernet connection (over SSH, SNMP, or the Web).
  • Serial over LAN (SOL) connection.

Version upgrade

Supports online upgrades for software. Services are not interrupted during an upgrade. The upgrade takes effect after the restart.


To ensure secure service application, periodically upgrade the switch module software version.

Network security

System security

  • Hierarchical rights management based on user levels, preventing unauthorized users from accessing switch modules.
  • Supports Secure Shell (SSH) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
  • Supports Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).
  • Supports SNMPv1/v3.
  • Supports Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) for user logins.
  • Supports SSH login using the username and password or public and secrete keys.
Updated: 2019-08-09

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