3 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2016 9:33 AM by Sam Smajic RSS

    Brocade 7450 and Nimble Array

    Sam Smajic Newbie

      Hi,

       

       

      I am hoping that someone can share their experience what is best optimal brocade config / setup for use with Nimble SAN array. We have 2 7450-48  Brocade switches. Your input is much appreciated.  sample of configs also welcomed .


        • Re: Brocade 7450 and Nimble Array
          Dave Ruddle Wayfarer

          Hi Sam

           

          Are you using 1G or 10G connections on the switch ?

           

          Thanks

           

          Dave Ruddle

            • Re: Brocade 7450 and Nimble Array
              Dave Ruddle Wayfarer

              Hi,

               

              Please find some information on configuring the switch below...

               

              These configuration recommendations assume that the switches are being used predominantly for iSCSI traffic.  If other significant flows are present then the configuration will need to be reviewed specifically.

               

              The steps below assume that stack configuration and/or uplink configuration have been completed appropriately.

               

              Loop mitigation

              The use of link aggregation between switches and arrays with multiple connections should be considered to better protect the environment from loop conditions caused by other equipment. 

               

              Flow control and buffer configuration

              Active management of traffic flows:

              Switch (config)#symmetric-flow-control enable

               

              Optimise buffer allocations on all ports of the switch

              Switch (config)#buffer-sharing-full

               

              Note: all flow control configuration MUST also be enabled on all devices connected. Brocade recommends that customers should verify all negotiable parameters, such as flow control, at initial setup and whenever a network element configuration is changed.

               

              Jumbo Frames

              All servers/arrays connected to the iSCSI SAN should have jumbo frame support enabled.  This also needs to be enabled on the switch.

              Switch (config)#jumbo

               

              Rate Limiting

              iSCSI traffic can generate bursts of heavy traffic that can be mistaken as traffic storms.  As such, rate limiting should be off.  This is off by default and should not be enabled.

               

              I hope this helps - is there anything else specific that you wanted to know about ?

               

              Thanks

               

              Dave Ruddle

              • Re: Brocade 7450 and Nimble Array
                Sam Smajic Newbie

                Hi Dave ,

                 

                 

                I am going to use 1G connection on switch I do have one more question should I have switches stacked ?

                Thanks

                 

                Sam