FICON & FCoE on Nexus

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Aug 23rd, 2010
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I have read many of the data sheets on the Nexus switches about FCoE.

The comany I work for also has FICON as well. Does the Nexus switch

series have support for FICON? If yes and what speed? What modules

support FICON, with how many interfaces on the module?


Thank you,

Jeff

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Jerry Ye Mon, 08/23/2010 - 18:35
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FICON is IBM proprietary technology and it is not supported on the Nexus platform. For road map specific question, please contact your Cisco sales team.


Regards,

jerry

jeff.sadowski_2 Mon, 08/23/2010 - 19:31
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My only possible solution is the MDS 9000 series? To my understanding this chassis

can support FICON and FCoE. Please confirm and will this chassis be around for the next

several years?


Thank you,

Jeff

Jerry Ye Mon, 08/23/2010 - 20:08
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Yes, you can try the MDS 9500 series. MDS 9500 is been out for many years and might be around for a while. However, like I said before, for road map specific question, please contact your Cisco sales team. We cannot discuss road map specific question in the public.


Regards,

jerry

jeff.sadowski_2 Mon, 08/23/2010 - 20:22
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I have looked at the MDS 9100, 9200 & 9500 series. The only thing I have not

be able to find is 10Gbps Ethernet interfaces to help aggregate multiple 2Gbps

FICON interfaces. To allow us reduce the several FICON DWDM links to only a

few 10Gbps Ethernet links. Do you know if there is any other products that

Cisco have available that could possibly do this 2Gbps FICON to 10Gbps Ethernet

then at the other side of the DWDM to reserved it back from 10Gbps Ethernet into

2 Gbps FICON?


Thank you

Jeff

Jerry Ye Mon, 08/23/2010 - 21:07
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Not that I know of. The FICON technology is controlled by IBM and I would think it is their choice to release an Ethernet standard.


Regards,

jerry

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