03-31-2018 12:55 AM
My client Has Brocade 6505,6510 SAN Switches does both of model support Fiber Channel ?
We will connect both swith to Cisco UCS FI.
Please guide on this.
03-31-2018 10:07 AM
although FC is a standard, some vendors interpret the standard differently! So normally you can't connect Brocade and Cisce FC-SANs directly!
I didn't try it with one of the new CISCO Fabric Interconnect switches, but in the past you had only one option: to put the devices of one vendor in a so called "access gateway mode", but loosing some of the native FC features.
Theoretically there is FC-Routing, which means you connect the different FC-SANs via a FC-Routing capable device. Then the fabrics don't merge, but you can access devices across fabric boundaries. But I don't know if there is a vendor who supports FC-Routing between CISCO and Brocade/Broadcom right now. In any way, you run into a nightmare of version control, firmware interoperability and feature availability/absence. Not to speak about support and supportability.
So if possible, keep to one FC-SAN vendor!
As you have probably dual redundant fabrics for HA, you could put CISCO FC-SAN devices into one Fabric and Brocade/Broadcom FC-SAN devices into the other fabric. But again, stay homogen and consistent whithin one fabric!
03-31-2018 10:24 AM
you staement is incorrect !!!
he ask follow:
--->>We will connect both swith to Cisco UCS FI.
Brocade support interconnect to Cisco UCS and work fine. I've made a lot such config, latest appr. 8 week ago with newest Gen6 switches.
03-31-2018 10:29 AM
as said, I didn't try it recently. So if this works without putting the Brocade devices into "Access Gateway Mode" this is good news.
With best regards
04-02-2018 11:22 PM
the Cicso Fabric Interconnects will connect to the switches as an NPIV device, like previously mentioned comparable to an Access Gateway.