Monday, October 15, 2012

Finally, 10GB HP NIC is supported with Check Point

Miracles happen, even in technology world. I was informed today Check Point finally has  10 GBps optical card supported with HP hardware.

Tree years ago not having any 10 GB NIC supported with Check Point almost killed one of my VSX projects, where HP HW was planned to be used. There was a case with Check Point solution center, multiple meetings with CP executives and other numerous efforts to un-block the situation, and nothing really happened. Check Point han several 10GB NICs, but none of them were made by HP. And as you know, HP does not support "foreign" parts on their servers.

Long story short, that is no longer a case. If you are planning to run R75.40 on HP, you can have this card working in fully supported configuration. If you are running VSX, there is a driver for R67 you must use.

Update: Well, my joy must be a bit premature. According to the official specs, this card is only supported with G6 and G7 HP servers. And as you may know, G7 has end of sales by the October 2012.

Update 2: HP confirmes the mentioned card will not be supported with Gen8 line. Great news, Check Point and HP, great news indeed. /sarcasm/