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Does ACI fabric support native FC?

Nexus 93180YC-FX has the support for FCoE and Native FC and specsheet also shows it can be used as a Leaf switch. So does ACI support native FC now?

 

Second question, I remember there are radio buttons on APIC GUI for selecting "ethernet" or "fc" but I can not remember which page they are on...Maybe that is the option to configure native FC in APIC?

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Cisco Employee

Re: Does ACI fabric support native FC?

I checked the 3.0 release notes and I don't see any support for native FC support.   You are correct the switch currently support native FC in NX-OS mode but not in ACI mode even on the latest release.

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Cisco Employee

Re: Does ACI fabric support native FC?

Hi

ACI currently only supports FCoE, it does not support FC.

 

ACI Release notes

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/datacenter/aci/apic/sw/1-x/release/notes/apic_rn_201.html

 

ACI 2.0(1) supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) traffic through direct connections between hosts and F port-enabled interfaces and direct connections between the FCF device and an NP port-enabled interface on ACI leaf switches.

 

Please let me know if this answers your question

Beginner

Re: Does ACI fabric support native FC?

Okey, even the version 3.x doesnot have native FC support? If so, the N93xx-FX can only do native FC in no-OS mode?

 

 

Cisco Employee

Re: Does ACI fabric support native FC?

I checked the 3.0 release notes and I don't see any support for native FC support.   You are correct the switch currently support native FC in NX-OS mode but not in ACI mode even on the latest release.

Cisco Employee

Re: Does ACI fabric support native FC?

Regarding your second question, when you create a new BD it give you the option to select FC or Regular, this setting again is for setting the BD to use FCoE.   See attach screenshot.

 

 

Beginner

Re: Does ACI fabric support native FC?

Might be issue on my phone, I cannot see the attachment but I did find that screen on apic. Thanks.
Cisco Employee

Re: Does ACI fabric support native FC?

Hi,

 

From ACI release 4.0 there is support for Native FC (32G) on N9K-C93180YC-FX switch.

 

More details can be found in below link.

 

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/datacenter/aci/apic/sw/4-x/L2-configuration/Cisco-APIC-Layer-2-Configuration-Guide-401/Cisco-APIC-Layer-2-Configuration-Guide-401_chapter_01001.html

 

Regards,

Mahesh Kumar

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Beginner

Re: Does ACI fabric support native FC?

Thanks! Good to know. But now the question is will ACI 4.0.x be recommended for production?

Cisco Employee

Re: Does ACI fabric support native FC?

Yes ACI 4.0.x is recommended for Production. 

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