Over the past couple of months we’ve been working on adding some FCoE specific “Blade Server” information to the FCoE TechBook. Actually the vast majority of the work was done by two of my colleagues, Aditya Nadkarni and Shreedhan Nikam (more about them later).
Early on in this process of adding this new material, we realized the sheer size of the FCoE TechBook (16MB!) was making it difficult to use as a quick reference and we set out to determine the best way to resolve this. We ended up agreeing to create two separate FCoE TechBooks.
The first FCoE TechBook is “Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Data Center Bridging (DCB) Concepts and Protocols”. This techbook includes:
- An introduction to FCoE
- A detailed FCoE and DCB theory of operation section
- Supported topologies and products
- Supported FCoE solutions
- An FCoE troubleshooting section
The second FCoE TechBook is “Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Data Center Bridging (DCB) Case Studies”. This techbook includes step-by-step instructions (in “bleeding eyeball detail”) to configure a number of supported configurations. The exact configurations described are:
- Brocade 8000 - Direct Connect
- Brocade DCX (FCoE 10-24) Blade – Direct Connect
- Cisco Nexus 5000 – Direct Connect
- Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, MDS – Multi-hop FCoE
- Cisco Nexus 5000, 2232PP – vPC Straight-through
- Cisco Nexus 5000, 4001I – vPC Cross-connect
- Cisco Nexus 5000 – Host vPC Direct Connect
- Blade Server case studies:
- IBM BladeCenter
- HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric and Flex-10
The Blade Server case studies have been added over the past few months and are worthy of special note. Both Aditya and Shreedhan have managed to put together over 150 pages of detailed connectivity related installation instructions. If you need to understand FCoE and its application in a Blade Server environment, I would highly recommend that you start here.
Thanks for reading!