NetApp ACP Traffic Flow

I have a FAS2220 8.2.3 7-Mode. In monitoring my Cisco ASA, I’m seeing traffic from the NetApp SP interface from Controller A to interface e0P on Controller B with a destination port 4444 and vise versa. Should there be a route added on my Layer 3 switch to keep that traffic from going to my ASA? It seems like an extra hop when my understanding is it’s just ACP traffic.

6      Nov 03 2015      11:06:10      106100      38450      4444      
6      Nov 03 2015      11:06:10      106100      49719              4444      

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Controller B
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Rick GoodmanNetwork AdministratorAsked:
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Is e0P the port you use for ACP?

Or is it used for regular traffic?
Rick GoodmanNetwork AdministratorAuthor Commented:
It is for ACP. I was told by NetApp that it is normal, that's what the ACP does, flows from SP interface on one controller to the e0P (ACP) interface on the other controller and vise versa. Then they also said I may see that traffic hit the firewall depending on how I have my network configured. So it sounds like I can set up a route of some sort on my layer 3 switch to prevent that traffic from going to my ASA. It just seems like an additional hop to me and unnecessary traffic the ASA has to process.
On the other hand, it is recommended that the ACP interfaces are on a non-routable network, so creating a route violates that rule.

If I were you, I wouldn't worry about this and leave it alone. The firewall has to deal with unwanted traffic all the time, and won't suffer.  

If it really bothers you, create a deny rule for all 192.168.* traffic at the top of your rules, that's a good safety precaution anyway.

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