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Connecting Fabric Interconnects together with FC

Gert Leunis
Beginner
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Hi,

Is it possible to link two Fabric Interconnects together with FC uplinks?

If I have two sites and I have a pair of Fabric Interconnects in site A and a pair in site B. Is it possible to connect FI-A of site A to FI-A in site B via an FC upllink port? Or should I use a Cisco MDS or Brocade switch to make the connection?

In each site we have a server with FC connections and they need access the storage on the other side. Is it possible if I place the FI in FC switching mode?

Kind regards,

Gert

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Robert Burns
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

FI's are not meant to be connected back to back.  You should be using an intermediate MDS to do so.

Regards,

Robert

Hi Robert,

Thanks for the answer. On each site there is only one server with FC connections, so it's a high cost to buy MDS switches only for that. Is it possible to connect them via FC or should we really buy some FC switches. It's only for 1 server per site...

Thanks in advance and regards,

Gert

Are there enough ports available on the array to attach each FI to the array directly?

That would work for a small environment like this.

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