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

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 05 January 2022

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ISBN-10: 0738460257
ISBN-13: 9780738460253
IBM Form #: REDP-4722-05
(78 pages)

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


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.
Note that this paper primarily focuses on the FOS command options and features that are available since version 8.2 with some coverage of new features that were introduced in 9.0.
This paper covers the following recent changes:

  • SANnav
  • Fabric Performance Impact Notification

Table of contents

Fabric best practices using IBM SAN-b switches
Designing resiliency into the fabric
Maintaining an optimal FC SAN environment
Maintaining an optimal FCIP SAN environment
Monitoring a FC SAN environment
Access gateway
Frame Viewer
Forward Error Correction
Summary of best practices

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