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FCOE / NAS from ESX

Has anyone deployed fcoe/nas/network from an ESX server viaa converged adapter – The ESX server will access storage via fcoe and nas(block is for RDM access for some VMs).

Looking for some advice around this...

FCOE / NAS from ESX

Hi,

I was running this in a lab - worked really straight forward, without any noticeable issues & FCoE (as expected) behaved in the identical fashion as 'standard' FC.

Potentially your FCoE card on the filer side may act as a unified target (both for FC & NAS), but you need a switch supporting this (e.g. Nexus 5k) & ONTAP 8.0.1+

Regards,

Radek

FCOE / NAS from ESX

So there is a unified adapter which can be added?

FCOE / NAS from ESX

I believe the NetApp cables are :  X1140A-R6-C  or if you go for the Cisco cables (which are compatible - they have to be as they have fixed 10GbE copper SFP+ on the end) these are 'SFP-H10GB-CUxM'  where 'x' is either 1, 3 or 5 depending on length of cable (in metres) required.

FCOE / NAS from ESX

So there is a unified adapter which can be added?

Yes:

- Dual-port 10-GbE Unified Target Adapter with fiber - X1139A-R6

- Dual-port 10-GbE Unified Target Adapter with copper - X1140A-R6