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FCoE direct connect to VNX5300 with no switch for zoning

hangeles2
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I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this or a similar setup. I cant find decent documentation to help us decide if this is a legitimate set up for a production environment of about 16 servers across 3 chassis. Our Cisco expert has never set up a UCS environment with a direct connection to the san via FCoE and is intuitively against it, especially since we do not plan to use a switch for zoning.  Is there any real danger in this? Will this be supported going forward?

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abbharga
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Hi Henry,

If you look at the following document:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/datacenter/mds9000/interoperability/matrix/Matrix8.html

refer point number 3, the supported model for direct attach still requires an upstream MDS or N5k to provide zoning information.

./Abhinav

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krun_shah
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Assuming your vnx has fcoe interface and you want to attach it directly to ucs fabric interconnect in this case the ucs fabric interconnect as san switch mode which will require zoning.

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