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Interconnecting Nexus 5k with DELL Broadcom NetXtreme II 57711 NIC


Our customer wants now to buy a Nexus 5000 and the:

DELL Broadcom NetXtreme II 57711 Network Interface Card


DELL 10GbE SR SFP+ Transceiver for Broadcom 10GbE Dual Port Server Adapter - Kit

They have some Dell servers will have the Broadcom card with the DELL SFP+ transceivers and will be connected to a Cisco Nexus 5000 switch that will have SR SFP+ transceivers.

Now my question is:

Will there be any compatibility issue between the DELL SR SFP+ transceivers and the Cisco SR SFP+ transceivers (SFP-10G-SR (10GBASE-SR SFP Module))?

The reason I am asking this is because I found the below threat that talks about compatibility issues with the Broadcom NetXtreme II 57711 Network Interface Card:

Could anybody please confirm?

In theory if both the servers and the Nexus will have SR SFP+ transceivers shouldn't be a problem, it doesn't matter that the SR SFP+ transceivers are one DELL branded and another one Cisco branded, right?

Any help regarding this is very appreciated.

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Re: Interconnecting Nexus 5k with DELL Broadcom NetXtreme II 577

I was actually working on a system, c-series, with this Broadcom card connected to a nexus 5000 and it was working just fine.


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