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Cisco Nexus 5548UP to Brocade SAN Connectivity

Hi,

I have a Server-SAN-Storage setup as shown in the attachment/below. There are new Cisco UCS rack mount servers with VIC 1225 and Virtual servers on VMware Esxi hypevisor connected to a new Cisco Nexus 5548UP switch in IP+FCoE mode. The new 5548 switch then connects to an existing production SAN of Brocade 48000 Director SAN switch which connects to storage in production environment.

  1. I need to know the best way to connect the 5548 switch to the Brocade SAN switch without disrupting the existing Production SAN environment i.e. Brocade SAN switch configurations & setup e.g. Fabric Principal switch. priority etc.
  2. Would configuring the 5548 switch in NPV mode be best practice?

 

 

 

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See Figure 6-2 Converged

See Figure 6-2 Converged Multi-hop FCoE Network Design Using FCoE NPV

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/datacenter/nexus5000/sw/operations/fcoe/513_n1_1/ops_fcoe/ops_fcoe_npv.html

You have to use NPV on N5k, there is no FC interop support on N5k, to connect to Brocade.

 

 

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