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Brocade 200E - Cisco Nexus 5k interconnection

Hi,

I want to connect both switches (native FC interface on N5k), but I'm confused with vendor's configuration guides. Brocade 200E will work as a access layer switch for SAN and I want to treat N5k as a distribution switch for LAN/SAN.

Cisco in it's "DC interoperability matrix" says, that N5k should be configured in NPV mode (http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/datacenter/nexus5000/sw/configuration/guide/cli_rel_4_0_1a/npv.html#wp1523934), with brocade acting as an gateway. I'm wondering, is it possible to configure FC ports in E type mode and create an Inter-Switch Link (ISL) between those two switches, because I want N5k to be responsible for switching capabilities?

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Szymon

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Re: Brocade 200E - Cisco Nexus 5k interconnection

--->>>I want to connect both switches (native FC interface on N5k), ....

AFAIK, you must set the Brocade in AG Mode = Access gateway, and configred NPV in the Nexus.

But i believe you can ISL's both when the NPIV Mode is correct configured in Brocade 200 and NPV.

Note, some 200E ( Value Line ) don't support specific Port Type.

Is the switch full License ? Full Fabric ?

try "licenseshow"

and make sure you have compatible FOS to Cisco OS

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Re: Brocade 200E - Cisco Nexus 5k interconnection

Thanks for Your reply. We've got "full fabric" license, so there is no problem with configuring 200E's port as N_type and N5k in NPV mode. But I would prefer to connect them with E_type interfaces (native mode), so Nexus, as a "stronger" switch, could provide standard Fibre Channel switching  capability and features. Unfortunately, I don't have opportunity to test it in the lab.

Does anyone configured those switches with ISL links, or the NPV mode is the only way to do it?

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