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khurram
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Registered: ‎07-30-2010

Is it possible to ISL SAN switches using Ethernet Switches???

Hi All,

We have two data centers each with Brocade 4/8 SAN switches installed. Storage and hosts are connected to these SAN switches at each site.

Both sites are connected through Dark fiber, but the dark fiber terminates into Cisco Catalyst 2960g Ethernet switch. Now the question is can we use Catalyst 2960 switch to ISL 4/8 SAN switches installed at Primary and DR using the fiber ports on Cisco 2960 Ethernet switch.

Please find the attached site diagram for details.

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Antonio Bongiorno TechHelp24
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Re: Is it possible to ISL SAN switches using Ethernet Switches???

why you have opened TWO Thread with the same question ?

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khurram
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Registered: ‎07-30-2010

Re: Is it possible to ISL SAN switches using Ethernet Switches???

Actually i wasn't able to see previous thread in my discussion initially so i resubmitted. now Both are visible.

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Brook Reams
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Registered: ‎05-12-2010

Re: Is it possible to ISL SAN switches using Ethernet Switches???

No. You need Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) if you plan to try and transport FC traffic over Ethernet/IP networks.

Brocade provides solutions for this.
Brocade 7800 Extension Switch: http://www.brocade.com/sites/dotcom/products/all/switches/product-details/7800-extension-switch/inde...

Brocade Backbone FX8-24 Extension Blade http://www.brocade.com/products/all/san-backbone-director-blades/product-details/FX8-24-extension-bl...

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