|Brocade 6510 Switch, DCX 8510 Backbone Switch, and Network Advisor Software Release Notes for Oracle Storage Area Networks
Release Notes for Oracle Storage Area Networks
Read this document to be aware of issues or requirements that can affect the installation and operation of the Brocade 6510 Fibre Channel switch, Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone, and Brocade Network Advisor management software in an Oracle storage area network (SAN).
This section summarizes the key characteristics of the following products:
The Brocade 6510 Fibre-Channel switch introduces 16-Gbps Fibre Channel support in a compact, non-director class switch. It is suited for a variety of SAN environments.
The Brocade 6510 offers the following features and capabilities:
1U form factor
24, 36, or 48 auto-sensing, 16-Gbps ports in a single domain
Ports on Demand scaling
2-, 4-, 8-, and 16-Gbps, auto-sensing, Fibre-Channel switch and router ports
10-Gbps manual set capability on FC ports with optional 10-Gigabit FCIP/Fibre Channel license
In-flight, data compression and encryption on up to two ports for a combination of security and efficient link utilization
Virtual Fabric support to improve isolation between different VFs
Fibre Channel Routing (FCR) service for improved scalability and fault isolation (with optional Integrated Routing license)
Ready for use with FICON, FICON Cascading, and FICON Control Unit Port
Optimal bandwidth utilization and load balancing: the licensable Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking can combine up to eight 2-, 4-, 8-, or 16-Gbps ports into a single, logical ISL with a speed of up to 128 Gbps (256 Gbps full duplex)
Support for Access Gateway configuration and virtualization of server ports connected to the fabric core
10G Fibre Channel integration on the same port provides for DWDM metro connectivity on the same switch (first eight ports only)
Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard makes SAN configuration a three-step, point-and-click task
Real-time power monitoring down to the switch level
800-nanosecond port-to-port latency through the use of cut-through frame routing at 16 Gbps.
The Brocade DCX 8510-8 and DCX 8510-4 are industry-leading, enterprise-class backbone switches that combine highly robust platforms with breakthrough performance, scalability, and energy efficiency. They are designed to increase business agility by adapting to dynamic growth and change, by providing high-availability access to information, and by reducing infrastructure and administrative costs.
Key features of the Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone switches include:
Support for high density SAN configurations in a reduced footprint: up to 384 16-Gbps external ports per chassis in a DCX 8510-8 or up to 192 in a DCX 8510-4.
2-, 4-, 8-, and 16-Gbps, auto-sensing, Fibre-Channel ports
Universal ports that self-configure as E_Ports, F_Ports, EX_Ports and M_Ports (10-Gbps ports are configured as E_Ports only)
In-flight data encryption, decryption, and data compression through 16-Gbps port blades
Trunking technology that groups up to eight ports to create high-performance, 128-Gbps Inter-Switch Links (ISLs)
Support for 4x16-Gbps, quad SFP (QSFP) inter-chassis links (ICLs) connecting up to six chassis
Diagnostic port (D_Port) functionality
Redundant and hot-swappable control processor blades, core switch blades, power supplies, blower assemblies, and WWN cards for high availability non-disruptive software upgrades.
Key features of the Brocade FC16-48 port blade include:
Forty-eight 16-Gbps Fibre-Channel ports
Provision for manually configuring the first eight Fibre-Channel ports for 10-Gbps Fibre-Channel SFP transceivers (the 10-Gbps Ethernet SFPs used on the FX8-24 FCIP blade are not compatible)
Support for in-flight data encryption, decryption, and compression.
Key features of the Brocade FX8-24 extension blade include:
Twenty-four 10-Gbps ports
Fibre-Channel over Internet Protocol (FCIP): overcomes the distance limitations of native Fibre-Channel connections and extends your SAN fabric to any device that can be reached via your IP infrastructure
10-Gbps Ethernet SFP transceivers (the 10-Gbps Fibre-Channel SFPs used with manually configured 10-Gbps ports on FC16-48 port blades are not compatible).
Brocade Network Advisor provides the industry's first unified network management solution for data, storage, and converged networks. It supports Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SANs), including 16-Gbps platforms, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) networks, Layer 2/3 IP networks (including those running Brocade VCS™ technology), wireless networks, application delivery networks, and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks for service providers.
Key features of Brocade Network Advisor include:
The interface provides an at-a-glance summary of all discovered Brocade devices and third-party IP devices, including inventory and event summary information that can identify problem areas and prevent network downtime.
Role Based Access Controls (RBAC) allow flexible definition of administrator responsibilities, so that privileges can be selectively assigned to administrators of SANs and IP-based data networks.
Centrally managed Command Line Interface (CLI) configuration templates allow consistent administration of one or more IP devices.
A Device Configuration wizard easily configures and manages dynamically updated groups of devices from software images to multi-switch management, including Power over Ethernet (PoE) management and Virtual LAN (VLAN) configuration.
The MPLS Manager provides comprehensive management of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) services.
The interface supports centralized management of Brocade application delivery switches, Virtual IP (VIP), SSL certificates, and Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB).
Security is a core feature of the Brocade 6510 Fibre Channel switch, Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone, and Brocade Network Advisor software. A comprehensive security framework supports RADIUS and TACACS+, Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP), Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMP v3) with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) data encryption, hardware-enforced zoning, and access-control lists (ACLs).
The Brocade 6510 switch and DCX 8510 Backbone switch require Brocade Fabric Operating System (FOS) 7.x or higher. See the Fabric Operating System (FOS) release notes for a matrix showing the firmware levels that can run on connected switches.
Supported firmware and updates are available from Oracle Product Support.
Consult the Brocade 6510 Hardware Reference Manual, Brocade DCX 8510-4 Backbone Hardware Reference Manual, or Brocade DCX 8510-8 Backbone Hardware Reference Manual for a full explanation of the management interfaces available for your equipment. These documents are available directly from the Brocade Resource Center at:
Oracle supports the Brocade 6510 switch and DCX 8510 Backbone switch when used with up to 24 switches in a homogeneous fabric, when used with 2G switches in the same fabric, and with 16-, 10-, 8-, 4-, and2-Gb Inter-Switch Links between Brocade switches.
Oracle supports the Brocade 6510 switch, DCX 8510 Backbone switch, and Network Advisor software with the following combinations of operating system and platform:
Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC and x64 platforms
Oracle Solaris 10 on SPARC and x64 platforms
Oracle Linux 5 and 6 (UEK and Standard Kernel) on IA32 and AMD 64 platforms
Microsoft Windows 2003 Server on IA32 and AMD64 platforms
Microsoft Windows 2008 Server on IA32 and AMD64 platforms
Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 4.x and 5.x on IA32 and AMD64 platforms
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11
Hewlett-Packard HP/UX versions 11.23 and 11.31
IBM AIX versions 5.3 and 6.1
Oracle supports the Brocade 6510 switch and DCX 8510 Backbone switch with the following host bus adapters:
QLogic 2460/2462, SGX-PCI1FC-QF4, SG-XPCI2FC-QF4
SG-XPCIE2FC-QB4-Z, QLogic QEM2462
IBM Feature Code 6228
IBM Feature Code 6239
IBM Feature Code 5758/9 4G
Once testing is complete, 16-Gb initiators will be supported as well.
Oracle supports the Brocade 6510 switch, DCX 8510 Backbone switch, and Network Advisor software with the following data protection applications:
Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3
Oracle Secure Backup 10.x
Symantec Net Backup 6.5.x, 7.x
Enterprise Backup Manager 7.3, 7.6.x
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 5.5.6, 6.x
Oracle Sun 2540 and 2540M2
Oracle Sun 6180
Oracle Sun 6580
Oracle Sun 6780
Sun StorEdge 6540
Oracle StorageTek SL8500
Oracle StorageTek SL3000
Oracle StorageTek SL500
Oracle StorageTek L180/L700j/L1400M
Oracle supports the Brocade 6510 switch, DCX 8510 Backbone switch, and Network Advisor software with the tape drives and interfaces listed below.
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Brocade 6510 Switch, DCX 8510 Backbone Switch, and Network Advisor Software Release Notes for Oracle Storage Area Networks
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