Fabric Resiliency Best Practices

An IBM Redpaper publication

Note: A new draft version of this publication is now available

Published 09 January 2017, updated 21 December 2017

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ISBN-10: 073845589X
ISBN-13: 9780738455891
IBM Form #: REDP-4722-03
(54 pages)

Authors: Jon Tate, Chad Collie, Michael Hrencecin, David Lutz, Ian MacQuarrie, Shawn Wright


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes preferred practices for deploying and using advanced Brocade Fabric Operating System (FOS) features to identify, monitor, and protect Fibre Channel (FC) SANs from problematic devices and media behavior.

This paper focuses on the FOS command options and features that are available from versions 7.2 - 7.4, but also covers other features such as bottleneck detection, port fencing, and Fabric Watch.

Table of contents

Designing resiliency into the fabric
Maintaining an optimal FC SAN environment
Summary of preferred practices
Preferred implementation
Access gateway
CPU utilization
Frame Viewer
Forward Error Correction

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