Brocade DCX Data Center Backbone Director Release Notes

This document contains important information about the Brocade DCX Data Center Backbone Director (Brocade DCX) and associated blades for installation in Suntrademark storage area networks (SANs). Read this document so that you are aware of issues or requirements that can impact the installation and operation of this product.



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This document contains the following sections:


Introduction

The Brocade DCX is a core switching platform used to interconnect storage devices, Storage Area Network (SAN) hosts and servers, servers for high performance server to server communication, and high performance server environments to Local Area Network (LAN) infrastructures. A fourth-generation platform, Brocade DCX ensures high performance and scalability. It delivers interoperability and fabric-based intelligence advantages found only within the Brocade product family.

The Brocade DCX includes the following key features:



Note - FICON support will be available at a later date after FICON qualification is completed.



Supported Blades

The Brocade DCX includes standard support for the CP8 (2x) Control Processor blade and the CR8 (2x) Core blade with switching logic. The Brocade DCX also accepts a variety of new port blades for maximum versatility:

In addition, the following blades from the Brocade 48000 are compatible for use in a Brocade DCX chassis:

The Brocade DCX’s Inter-Switch Link (ISL) capability allows for up to eight ports in a trunk group with a maximum bandwidth of 64 Gbit/sec, with support for 10/8/4/2 Gb ISL connectivity to other Brocade switches.



Note - Brocade DCX operates natively at up to 10 km at 1, 2, 4 and 8 Gbit/sec. There is extended distance support, however, for up to 3000 km (for native Fibre Channel). Other extended distance capabilities are blade-specific.



System Requirements

This section contains the following topics:

Firmware Requirements

This section lists the latest Brocade firmware requirements and compatibility information.

General Requirements

Brocade Fabric OS v6.0 (minimum) must be running on the Brocade DCX. The latest firmware patch ID for this version is 137057-01. See the section Downloading and Installing Patches for further information regarding the installation of this patch.

Fabric OS (Switch Firmware) Compatibility

TABLE 1 summarizes the versions of the Brocade Fabric OS that are supported in conjunction with this release. Use the current software release versions to optimize the benefits of a SAN.


TABLE 1 Minimum Brocade Fabric OS Requirements

SilkWorm 2000 Series

SilkWorm 3200 and 3800

SilkWorm 3250, 3850, 3900, and 24000

SilkWorm 4100

SilkWorm 200E and 4800 Switch

SilkWorm 4900

SilkWorm 5000

SilkWorm 7500

SilkWorm 12000

General Compatibility

Not supported (EOS 12/07)

3.2.1c

5.1.0d

5.1.0d

5.1.0d

5.2.0

5.2.1

5.1.0d

5.0

With Secure Fabric Enabled

Not supported (EOS 12/07)

3.2.1c

5.3

5.3

5.3

5.3

5.3

5.3

5.0

Recommended Software Versions

Not supported (EOS 12/07)

3.2.1c

5.3.0.b

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

5.0.5b


Software Requirements

This section lists the latest operating system and management software requirements.

Operating System Requirements

Solaris

Linux

Microsoft Windows

Other

Brocade Management Software Requirements

Several options are available for managing a Brocade DCX:

Supported Hardware

The following is a list of the storage devices, host bus adapters (HBAs), and servers supported by the Brocade DCX.

Supported Storage Platforms

Supported Host Bus Adapters

Supported Server Platforms

Sun Fire x64 Servers

Sun Fire SPARC Servers


Downloading and Installing Patches

The section that follows provides instructions for downloading and installing patches for the Brocade DCX. See the section Firmware Requirements for the required or recommended firmware versions and associated patch IDs.


procedure icon  Downloading Patches

1. Access the SunSolveSM web site at:

http://sunsolve.sun.com

2. Read and accept the terms and conditions of the License Agreement.

3. From the Support category, select Patches and Updates.

4. Under PatchFinder, type the patch ID and click Find Patch.

Do not type the -xx revision number. PatchFinder automatically finds the latest patch.

5. Verify that you have retrieved the correct patch.

6. Print the page.

Printing this page also prints the patch README file, which contains the installation instructions, special instructions, special guidelines, and notes.

7. Download the patch by clicking on either HTTP or FTP as shown in the following line:

Download Patch (nn,nnn,nnn bytes) HTTP FTP.

8. Click PatchFinder and repeat the process from Step 4 for each patch.

Patch Installation

When you are finished downloading all the patches, install the patches by following the instructions in each patch README file.


Related Documentation

The Brocade Fabric OS v6.0 Release Notes are available with the Brocade Fabric OS v6.0 patch, 137057-01. See Downloading and Installing Patches for more information.

Further Brocade documentation can be obtained directly from Brocade at:

http://www.brocade.com/index.jsp


Service Contact Information

If you need help installing or using this product in the United States, call
1-800-USA-4SUN, or go to:

http://www.sun.com/service/contacting/index.xml


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