All switches in an Ethernet fabric are managed as if they were a single logical chassis. To the rest of the network, the fabric looks no different from any other Layer 2 switch. The following figure illustrates an Ethernet fabric with two switches. The rest of the network is aware of only the edge ports in the fabric, and is unaware of the connections within the fabric.
Each physical switch in the fabric is managed as if it were a blade in a chassis. When a Brocade VCS Fabric mode-enabled switch is connected to the fabric, it inherits the configuration of the fabric and the new ports become available immediately.