Network OS Administration Guide

Supporting Network OS 6.0.1a

Part Number: 53-1003768-04

Brocade VCS Fabric connectivity with Fibre Channel SAN

Using the FlexPort feature on the Brocade VDX 6740 family of hardware, Fibre Channel ports provide support for connecting a Brocade VCS Fabric to a Fibre Channel SAN. Fibre Channel routers provide the connectivity, which provides access to Fibre Channel devices while preserving isolation between the fabrics. Brocade zoning allows you to determine which FCoE devices can access which storage devices on the Fibre Channel SAN.

Brocade VDX 6740 switches can be deployed into your Brocade VCS Fabric as access-level switches, aggregation-level switches, or as a means of attachment to Brocade VCS Fabric aggregation-level switches. Brocade recommends deployment as access-level switches to minimize congestion issues for storage traffic and isolating FCoE traffic from non-FCoE traffic. The following figure shows such a deployment.

Figure 7. Brocade VDX 6740 switches deployed as access-level switches