ConnectX® Ethernet Driver for VMware® ESXi Server

NVIDIA® Native ESXi drivers enable industry-leading performance and efficiency as non-virtualized environments using hardware offloads such as RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) on VMware vSphere. NVIDIA® ConnectX® family of NICs deliver 10/25/40/50/100 and 200GbE network speeds allowing the highest port rate on ESXi today.

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iSER
NVIDIA® native iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER) driver for ESXi uses the RDMA protocol suite to supply higher bandwidth for block storage transfers eliminating the TCP/IP processing overhead while preserving the compatibility with iSCSI protocol. iSER lowers latency and CPU utilization. Moreover, iSER brings the stability and benefits of the iSCSI protocol like security and high availability. iSER is available Inbox in VMware starting ESXi 6.7 and above. For earlier ESXi 6.5, an NVIDIA version of iSER is available in the download section.

NVMe-oF
NVMe over Fabrics, also known as NVMe-oF and Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fabrics, is a protocol specification designed to connect hosts to storage across a network fabric using the NVMe protocol over RoCE. NVMe-oF is available Inbox in VMware starting ESXi 7.0u1.



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Operating System Supported NICs / Firmware Version Download Documentation /
Release Date
ESXi 7.0 U2 ConnectX-4 / 12.28.2006
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.29.1016
ConnectX-5 / 16.29.1016
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.29.1016
ConnectX-6 / 20.29.1016
ConnectX-6 Dx / 22.29.1016
ConnectX-6 Lx / 26.29.1016
4.21.71.101 VMware site Release Notes
24-May-21
ESXi 7.0 ConnectX-4 / 12.28.2006
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.29.1016
ConnectX-5 / 16.29.1016
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.29.1016
ConnectX-6 / 20.29.1016
ConnectX-6 Dx / 22.29.1016
ConnectX-6 Lx / 26.29.1016
4.19.71.1 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual
28-April-21
ESXi 6.7 BlueField 18.27.1016 4.17.17.8 BlueField Driver Release Notes
25-March-20
ESXi 6.7 ConnectX-4 / 12.27.1016
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.27.1016
ConnectX-5 / 16.27.2008
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.27.2008
ConnectX-6 / 20.27.2008
ConnectX-6 Dx / 22.27.2008
4.17.70.1 VMware site Release Notes
21-June-20
ESXi 6.5 ConnectX-4 / 12.27.1016
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.27.1016
ConnectX-5 / 16.27.2008
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.27.2008
ConnectX-6 / 20.27.2008
ConnectX-6 Dx / 22.27.2008
4.16.70.1 VMware site Release Notes
21-June-20
ESXi 6.7 ConnectX-3 / 2.42.5000
ConnectX-3 Pro / 2.42.5000
3.17.70.1 VMware site Release Notes
09-Jan-20
ESXi 6.5 ConnectX-3 / 2.42.5000
ConnectX-3 Pro / 2.42.5000
3.16.11.10 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual
17-March-19
ESXi 6.0 ConnectX-3 / 2.42.5000
ConnectX-3 Pro / 2.42.5000
3.15.11.10 VMware site Release Notes
15-January-19

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