Posted on 2011-10-05
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I want to connect a Brocade 5100 to a B Series and M Series fabric without merging.  How would  I do this.

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by:Duncan Meyers
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The simple answer is you can't without using a technology like Cisco's VSANs to isolate the fabrics and IVR to make them all talk.

I'm guessing you want servers and storage to communicate across the different fabrics?

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Actually the brocade FCIP solution works but I was looking for specifics like what licence is required.
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by:Duncan Meyers
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Can you provide some more information? What is it exactly that you're trying to achieve? Are you connecting the SANs across distance?
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FCIP does not segment the SANs - it is a transport only.  Brocade LSANs do as do Cisco VSANs. Otherwise, the switches will treat the FCIP link as an ISL and try and merge the fabrics.

The Licensing depends on where your FC switches came from. Some SAN vendors are more paraimonious than others. If you purchased your switches through Dell then it's likely that you have only the minimum licenses on the switches. LicenseShow on a Brocade switch will reveal all. You'll need to work your way through the GUI for the McData switch.
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by:Duncan Meyers
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Thanks! Glad i could help.

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