SAN and Fabric Resiliency Best Practices for IBM b-type Products

A draft IBM Redpaper publication

Updated 19 November 2021

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IBM Form #: REDP-4722-05

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Authors: Ian MacQuarrie, Jim Blue, David Lutz, David Green, Gavin O'Reilly

Abstract

This IBM® Redpaper publication describes best practices for deploying and using advanced Broadcom® Fabric Operating System (FOS) features to identify, monitor, and protect Fibre Channel (FC) SANs from problematic devices and media behavior
This paper primarily focuses on the FOS command options and features that are available since version 8.2 with some coverage of new features introduced in 9.0.

Table of contents

Introduction
Designing resiliency into the fabric
Maintaining an optimal FC SAN environment
Maintaining an optimal FCIP SAN environment
Monitoring a FC SAN environment
Preferred implementation for FICON
Access gateway
Frame Viewer
Forward Error Correction
Summary of Best Practices

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