I have a request to combine a Brocade fabric with a Cisco fabric and I was just wondering what the consequences of this would be. The Cisco fabric is basically just one VSAN and it has storage, hosts and most importantly a large VTL system and an aging tape solution. The Brocade fabric has tape drives. Our backup people are extremely eager to use the backup drives and want me to do something about it.
I am trying to defer this until I can get all the backup solutions onto a single Cisco fabric but that takes time.
What would happen to the Cisco VSAN if I was forced to change it to interop mode 1? Does anything happen? Do I lose functionality and if so, what?
I don't have an Enterprise licence on the switches (yet) so I can't do IVR and the Cisco fabric uses a mixture of strange serverless backups which means I can't seperate the backups from the data.