ESXi compatible 10GbE cards

ESXi compatibility

Regarding the following article, are any of these cards compatible with ESXi? except the synology one I guess.

As you understand, I want to hook one Synology and one or more ESXi servers on a 10GBe network. ESXi which I use usually 6.5 or 6.7 and I use only stock images (Dell, HP, Cisco etc).
Searching on the VMware forums, didn’t bring me any luck. I am looking forward to buy some NICs.

The cheapest cards supporting ESXi are Aquantia 107 based cards like Aquantia AQtion AQC 107. You can find them listed here: https://nascompares.com/2017/12/14/cheapest-10gb-1-port-pci-express-network-cards-rj45/

More expansion and better quality cards will be Intel and Mellanox chipset based cards. Here is full Synology tested card list:

Synology
E10G15-F1
1 x 10GbE
SFP+
PCIe 2.0 x4
Synology E10G17-F2 2 x 10GbE SFP+ PCIe 3.0 x8
Synology E10G18-T1 1 x 10GbE RJ45 PCIe 3.0 x4
Synology E10G18-T2 2 x 10GbE RJ45 PCIe 3.0 x8
Emulex OneConnect OCe11102-FM 2 x 10GbE LC Connector PCIe 2.0 x8
Emulex OneConnect OCe11102-NX 2 x 10GbE SFP+ PCIe 2.0 x8
Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520-DA2 E10G42BTDA 2 x 10GbE SFP+ PCIe 2.0 x8
Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520-SR2 E10G42BFSR 2 x 10GbE LC Connector PCIe 2.0 x8
Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T2 X540T2 2 x 10GbE RJ45 PCIe 2.1 x8
Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X550-T2 X550T2 2 x 10GbE RJ45 PCIe 3.0 x4
Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710-DA2 X710DA2 2 x 10GbE SFP+ PCIe 3.0 x8
Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710-DA4 X710DA4G2P5 4 x 10GbE SFP+ PCIe 3.0 x8
Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710-T4 X710-T4 4 x 10GbE RJ45 PCIe 3.0 x8
Intel Ethernet Network Adapter XXV710-DA2 XXV710DA2 2 x 25GbE SFP28 PCIe 3.0 x8
Marvell FastLinQ QL41134HLCU QL41134HLCU 4 x 10GbE SFP+ PCIe 3.0 x8
Marvell FastLinQ QL41212HLCU 2 x 25GbE SFP28 PCIe 3.0 x8
Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro EN MCX312B-XCCT 2 x 10GbE SFP+ PCIe 3.0 x8
Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro EN MCX314A-BCCT 2 x 40GbE QSFP+ PCIe 3.0 x8
Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx EN MCX4121A-ACAT 2 x 25GbE SFP28 PCIe 3.0 x8
Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx EN MCX4121A-XCAT 2 x 10GbE SFP28 PCIe 3.0 x8
Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx EN MCX4131A-BCAT 1 x 40GbE QSFP28 PCIe 3.0 x8

 

 

Cheapest 10gb 1 Port PCI Express network cards (NIC) RJ45 inc. Low profile

 

Cheapest 10gbe switches

 

You may find few cards also on ebay cheaper:

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Here is How to set up Synology NAS as VMware server datastore:

 

https://www.synology.com/en-global/knowledgebase/DSM/tutorial/Virtualization/How_to_set_up_Synology_NAS_as_VMware_server_datastore

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