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Virtual Connect-FlexFabric to 554FLB, Fiber Channel on PF-2 of 554, ISCI on PF 1,3+4 ?

 
chuckk281
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Virtual Connect-FlexFabric to 554FLB, Fiber Channel on PF-2 of 554, ISCI on PF 1,3+4 ?

Ron had a question regarding the VC FlexFabric ability to run multiple protocols:

 

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On the 554FLB attached to Virtual Connect FlexFabric module:

Do we support Fiber Channel On physical function 2 while concurrently supporting “non-accelerated”  ISCI traffic on physical functions 1+3+4?

 

I need to know if I can propose this as a solution to keep the cost down for a customer we are trying to move from ISCSI EMC to Fiber Channel Flat SAN 3PAR

And still maintain connection between blades and old EMC via non-accelerated ISCSI.

 

Customer is getting negative input about having to add second 554FLB in mezz slot and two more Virtual Connect Modules just to get concurrent Fiber Channel and ISCSI connectivity.

 

Are their any caveats other than reduced ISCSI performance because the processors/OS have to perform the ISCSI encapsulation/decap.  

 

Many thanks in advance.

 

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Reply from Harry:

 

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If the 554FLB is configured for FC on PF-2, and the boot function is from the 3PAR, you can run iSCSI traffic on any of the other FlexNics. The iSCSI traffic is standard Ethernet. For HBA functionality, PF-2 can only either iSCSI or FC, but not both concurrently.

 

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