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Mike Eversole

How Do I... Take a Fabric OS License For a Test Drive

by Community Manager ‎10-27-2013 05:32 AM - edited ‎09-23-2014 03:42 PM (2,724 Views)

Buying a car.  It’s a big decision.  It can be nerve racking and exciting all at the same time.  I remember sitting across the desk with the sales rep when he asked “what options would you like with your car?”.  The first time I was asked this question, I had no idea.  I hadn’t thought that far.  But it’s these very options that potentially influence the experience driving from “point A” to “point B”.

 

Now the licenses that are available for Brocade switches are similar to options on a car.  They very much influence how data gets from “point A” to “point B”.  Now whether it’s extending the reach of a switch, designating a port to act the part of a Fibre Channel router or clustering a group of directors together, adding specific licenses can greatly enhance the functionality of your datacenter.

 

Now one of the most powerful experiences when buying a car is the ability to test drive the car and its features.  Taking the car for a test drive provides the knowledge and understanding of the benefits and the potential for a greater overall experience.  At this time, I would like to offer you a chance to take some of our most popular licenses for a test drive in the form of a 45-day trial use.    Below you will find a list of optionally available temporary Fabric OS licenses.

 

  • Fabric Vision License
    • Enables MAPS (Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite), Flow Vision, and ClearLink (D_Port) to non-Brocade devices. MAPS enables rules based monitoring and alerting capabilities, provides comprehensive dashboards to quickly troubleshoot problems in Brocade SAN environments. Flow Vision enables host to LUN flow monitoring, application flow mirroring for non-disruptive capture and deeper analysis, and test traffic flow generation function for SAN infrastructure validation. D_Port to non-Brocade devices allows extensive diagnostic testing of links to devices other than Brocade switches and adapters. (Functionality requires support by attached device, availability TBD). Fabric Vision license also enables Fabric Watch and Advanced Performance Monitoring functionalities without requiring Brocade Fabric Watch or Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring license (with FOS v7.2 and later only).

    • Note: If installed on a switch operating with FOS v7.1.x, the Fabric Vision license will be displayed as “Fabric Insight”. If installed on a switch operating with FOS v7.0.x or earlier, the Fabric Vision license will be displayed as “Unknown”. Fabric Vision features are not supported under FOS v7.1.x or earlier.

    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v7.3

  • Full Fabric License
    • Enables a switch to connect to a multi-switch fabric via E_Ports, forming ISL connections (Note: This license is only required on select embedded switch models and the Brocade 300, and does not apply to other fixed-port switches or chassis-based platforms).

    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v6.1
  • Extended Fabric License
  • Advanced Performance Monitor License
  • Integrated Routing License
    • This license allows any port in a DCX 8510-8, DCX 8510-4, Brocade 6510, Brocade 6520, DCX-4S, DCX, 5300, 5100, 7800, or Brocade Encryption Switch to be configured as an EX_Port or VEX_Port (on some platforms) supporting Fibre Channel Routing. This eliminates the need to add a dedicated router to a fabric for FCR purposes.
    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v6.2
  • 10GbE FCIP/10G Fibre Channel License
    • This license enables the two 10GbE ports on the FX8-24 or the 10G FC capability on FC16-xx blade ports. On the Brocade 6510 and Brocade 6520, this license enables 10G FC ports. This license is available on the DCX/DCX-4S/DCX 8510-8/DCX 8510-4 on an individual slot basis.
    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v6.3
  • Enterprise ICL License
    • The EICL license is required on a Brocade DCX 8510 chassis when that chassis is participating in a group of five or more Brocade DCX 8510 chassis connected via ICLs. Note that this license requirement does not depend upon the total number of DCX 8510 chassis that exist in a fabric, but only on how many chassis are interconnected via ICLs.

    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v7.1
  • Advanced FICON Acceleration License
    • This licensed feature uses specialized data management techniques and automated intelligence to accelerate FICON tape read and write and IBM Global Mirror data replication operations over distance, while maintaining the integrity of command and acknowledgement sequences. This license is available on the 7800 and the DCX/DCX-4S/DCX 8510-8/DCX 8510-4 for the FX8-24 on an individual slot basis.
    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v6.3
  • Advanced Extension License
    • This license enables two advanced extension features: FCIP Trunking and Adaptive Rate Limiting. The FCIP Trunking feature allows multiple IP source and destination address pairs (defined as FCIP Circuits) via multiple 1GbE or 10GbE interfaces to provide a high bandwidth FCIP tunnel and failover resiliency. In addition, each FCIP circuit supports four QoS classes (Class-F, High, Medium and Low Priority), each as a TCP connection. The Adaptive Rate Limiting feature provides a minimum bandwidth guarantee for each tunnel with full utilization of the available network bandwidth without impacting throughput performance under high traffic load. This license is available on the 7800 and the DCX/DCX-4S/DCX 8510-8/DCX 8510-4 for the FX8-24 on an individual slot basis.
    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v6.3
  • FICON Management Server (CUP) License
    • Enables host-control of switches in Mainframe environments.
    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v6.1
  • Server Application Optimization License
    • When deployed with Brocade Server Adapters, this license optimizes overall application performance for physical servers and virtual machines by extending virtual channels to the server infrastructure. Application specific traffic flows can be configured, prioritized, and optimized throughout the entire data center infrastructure. This license is not supported on the Brocade 8000.Note: Brocade 6520 does not require the SAO license to enable the capabilities associated with this license. These capabilities are included by default on the Brocade 6520.

    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v6.3
  • Adaptive Networking License
    • Adaptive Networking provides a rich framework of capability allowing a user to ensure high priority connections obtain the bandwidth necessary for optimum performance, even in congested environments. The QoS SID/DID Prioritization and Ingress Rate Limiting features are included in this license, and are fully available on all 8Gb and 16Gb platforms.  Note: Brocade 6520 does not require the Adaptive Networking with QoS license to enable the capabilities associated with this license. These capabilities are included by default on the Brocade 6520.

    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v6.2
  • Trunking License
    • Provides the ability to aggregate multiple physical links into one logical link for enhanced network performance and fault tolerance. Also includes Access Gateway ISL Trunking on those products that support Access Gateway deployment.
    • Minimum FOS version for trial use:  v6.1

 

So once you've identified the license(s) you'd like to take for a test drive, to obtain a 45-day trial, please send a request totemplicenses@brocade.com and include the following information:

  • You Name
  • Your Company Name
  • Switch model
  • World Wide Name (WWN) of the switch
  • License being requested

 

From there, please allow up to 3 business days for a reply which will include the license key.  Please note the following:

  • Temporary licenses are good for 45-days
  • The 45-days begins on the day they licenses are generated
  • Please try not repeat requests for the same licenses

 

So the email you send will go to the Brocade Community Technical Moderators, myself included and from there we will process your request.  If you have any comments or questions, feel free to reply in the comments below.  Enjoy your test drive!