Exos AP Compatibility Interop Matrix

Supported Operating Systems

Supported OS Version
Windows Windows Server 2019
Ubuntu Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 22.04
CentOS 8.2
Debian 11

Supported Software Defined Storage Solutions

Supported Solution Version
OSNexus QuantaStor v6

The Exos AP BV-1 onboard 25G network controller includes an Nvidia ConnectX-4 Lx EN adapter card that is similar to the Mellanox ConnectX-4 MCX4121A-ACAT Card.

Data Sheet Link: https://network.nvidia.com/files/doc-2020/pb-connectx-4-lx-en-card.pdf

For a list of recommended cables and transceivers, refer to Nvidia "Firmware Compatible Products" within the firmware release notes on the Nvidia support page.

Example Link: https://network.nvidia.com/support/firmware/connectx4lxen/

Under "Current Versions," select the latest version, select the applicable model of network controller, and then select "Release Notes."

Example Link: https://docs.nvidia.com/networking/display/connectx4lxfirmwarev14321010

Select "Firmware Compatible Products" on the left side of the page.

Example Link: https://docs.nvidia.com/networking/display/connectx4lxfirmwarev14321010/firmware+compatible+products

Select "Supported Cables and Modules" at the top of the page.

Example Link: https://docs.nvidia.com/networking/display/connectx4lxfirmwarev14321010/firmware+compatible+products#src-64306890_FirmwareCompatibleProducts-SupportedCablesandModules


  1. The applicable cables and transceivers for this network controller are listed under the "Validated and Supported" 1GbE Cables, 10GbE Cables and 25GbE Cables sections.
  2. When using any of the Nvidia hybrid breakout cables (example: MC2609130-003 ETH 40GbE to 4x10GbE, QSFP to 4xSFP+) the single high speed end of the cable (in this case the 40GbE QSFP end) MUST be connected to a switch that supports port breakout.
  3. The network controllers do NOT support using the hybrid breakout cables to connect from the network controller to multiple ports for connection to other devices.
  4. Do NOT use the firmware downloads from the Nvidia web site for the on-board 25GbE Connect-X 4 NIC. Firmware for this network controller must be obtained directly from Seagate or an authorized Seagate reseller.

Exos AP Supported PCIe Cards

Model Description Notes
MCX516A-GCAT Mellanox ConnectX®-5 EN Dual 50-Gigabit Ethernet Adapter 1
MCX516A-CCAT Mellanox ConnectX®-5 EN Dual 100-Gigabit Ethernet Adapter 1
MCX512A-ACAT Mellanox ConnectX®-5 EN Dual 25-Gigabit Ethernet Adapter 2
QLE2692-SR-CK Qlogic QLE2692-SR Dual Port 16Gb Fibre Card 2


  1. Included in a standard Seagate AP-BV-1 model.
  2. Available from select Seagate authorized resellers.

Exos AP Supported Seagate Drives

HDDs Standard Encrypted (SED)
10TB 12G SAS
12TB 12G SAS
14TB 12G SAS
16TB 12G SAS
18TB 12G SAS
20TB 12G SAS
22TB 12G SAS
SSDs Standard Encrypted (SED)
800GB, 3-DWPD
960GB, 1-DWPD
1.6TB, 3-DWPD
1.92TB, 1-DWPD
3.2TB, 3-DWPD
3.84TB, 1-DWPD
7.68TB, 1-DWPD
15.36TB, 0.7 DWPD

Seagate Storage Systems That Can Be Used as Expansion Units for Added Capacity

Supported JBOD Expansion Units

Exos E 2u12
Exos E 2u24
Exos E 5u84
Exos E 4u106

Seagate Protected Expansion Units

Exos X 4006 SAS 2U12
Exos X 4006 SAS 2U24
Exos X 4006 SAS 5U84