Interoperability Matrix for Cisco Nexus and MDS 9000 Products
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Switch Interoperability Matrix

Switch Interoperability Matrix

IBM eServer Bladecenter Interoperability Matrix

NPV Interoperability Matrix (Legacy)

Switch Interoperability Matrix

This chapter lists the devices tested by Cisco Solution-Interoperability Engineering group (iLAB) for switch interoperability and lists firmware versions and software versions.

Use the following link for access to the latest Storage Service Interface (SSI) release compatibility matrix:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/datacenter/mds9000/sw/nx-os/ssi/matrix/SSImtx.html

Switch Interoperability Matrix

The switch Interoperability test was performed per the Fibre Channel Methodologies for Interconnect (FC-MI) Technical Report version 1.92 which describes common methodologies for facilitating interoperability in a heterogeneous switch SAN environment.

The MDS family is SANmark 3001and 3002 qualified.

IBM Supports MDS InterOp Mode-1 (FC-MI standard), Mode-2 (Brocade PID=0), Mode-3 (Brocade PID=1), and Mode-4 (McDATA native). Please refer to the following IBM document for more information:

ftp://service.boulder.ibm.com/storage/san/cisco/mds9216.pdf

EMC Supports all MDS InterOp Modes with Brocade and McDATA outlined in the Switched Fabric Topology Parameters section EMC Support Matrix:

http://www.emc.com/collateral/elab/emc-support-matrices.pdf

HDS Supports MDS InterOp Mode-1 with Brocade and McDATA.

HP Supports MDS InterOp Mode-1 with Brocade and McDATA, refer to the below link for more information:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00758719/c00758719.pdf


NoteAll Cisco data center switches including MDS and Nexus platforms are interoperable among each other at all code levels released on Cisco web site. If there is any feature specific code level recommendation for a release, we publish the information in Release Notes and product configuration guides. All Cisco data center switches including MDS and Nexus platforms are interoperable among each other at all code levels released on Cisco web site. If there is any feature specific code level recommendation for a release, we publish the information in Release Notes and product configuration guides.



NoteIf a desired combination of a Cisco NX-OS software version and a Brocade or McData switch does not appear in this section, submit a Cisco Configuration Request (CCR) to have the combination validated before deploying that combination. Click If a desired combination of a Cisco NX-OS software version and a Brocade or McData switch does not appear in this section, submit a Cisco Configuration Request (CCR) to have the combination validated before deploying that combination. Click here to download the CCR form.



NoteInteroperability between a Cisco MDS 9000 or Cisco Nexus 5000 switch and a Brocade switch is based on the software version that is running on each switch. Interoperability is not based on the model number of the switch. The model numbers of the switches are provided in the table below for reference. Interoperability between a Cisco MDS 9000 or Cisco Nexus 5000 switch and a Brocade switch is based on the software version that is running on each switch. Interoperability is not based on the model number of the switch. The model numbers of the switches are provided in the table below for reference.


 

Table 3-1 Switch Interoperability Matrix, MDS 9000 Series

Switch Vendor
Switch Models
Firmware Version
Cisco MDS NX-OS Version
MDS InterOp Mode

Brocade

5100/7800

7.0.0c

6.2(3), 6.2(7)

3

Brocade

5100

6.4.2a

6.2(1)

NPIV

Brocade

5100

7.0.2c

5.2(8b), 6.2(9)

3

Brocade

5100

6.4.2a

6.2(1)

3, 1

Brocade

48000/7500/4100

6.2.4a, 6.4.3e

6.2(3), 6.2(5)

3

Brocade

5100/DCX

6.2.0g

5.2(8b)

3

Brocade

HP Blade Chassis with Brocade 4Gb SAN Switches (Brocade model 4024)

6.2.2f

5.2(8)

NPIV

McData

4700

08.01.00

6.2(1)

4

Table 3-2 Switch Interoperability Matrix, Cisco Nexus 5000 Series

Switch Vendor
Switch Models
Firmware Version
Cisco Nexus 5000 OS Version
Cisco Nexus 5000 InterOp Mode

Brocade 1

DCX

6.2.0b

4.1(3)N2(1)
4.2(1)N1(1)

NPV, Switch

6.1.4b

All 5.1(3) based code
All 5.2(1) based code

NPV, Switch

7.0(1b)

All 6.0(2) based code

NPV, Switch

48K

6.2.0b

4.2(1)N1(1)

NPV

6.2.1b

4.2(1)N1(1)

Switch

3900

12.4

5.0(2)N1(1)

NPV, Switch

8510

7.0.0a

5.0(3)N2(1)

NPV

IBM FC5022

7.0.0_pha2

6.0(2)N1(2)

Switch

1.Speed of 8G supported after NX-OS Release 5.2(1)N1(5) and 6.0(2)N2(1).

Table 3-3 Switch Interoperability, Legacy Matrix

Switch Vendor
Switch Models
Firmware Version
Cisco MDS OS Version
MDS InterOp Mode

Brocade

2400, 2800

2.6.0j

1.2(1b)

12, 23

2.6.1a

1.2(1a)

2.6.1c

1.2(1b)

2.6.2

1.3(4a)

2.6.2b

2.0(1b)

2.1(1a)

1, 2, 34

200E

5.1.0d

3.1.2b,
4.1(1b)

1, 33

5.3.1a

4.1(3a)

6.1.0d5

4.1(1b)

1, 33

3000

5.3.2x, 6.1.2x

5.0(1a)

33

3800

3.0.2k

1.2(1a)

1, 2

3.1.1

1.2(1a)

3.1.1c

1.2(1b)

3.1.2

1.3(4a)

3.1.3a

2.0(1b)
2.1(1a)
3.0(1)
3.0(2a)
3.0(2)
3.0(3)
3.1(2)
3.1(3)

1, 2, 33

3.2.1c

3.2(3a),
3.3(1a), 3.3(1c), 4.1(1b), 4.1(3a), 4.2(1a), 5.0(1a)

3900

4.0.2d

1.2(1a)

1

4.1.1

4.1.2b

1.2(1b)

4.2.0b

1.3(4a)

1, 33

4.2.2a

2.0(1b)
2.1(1a)
3.0(2a)
3.0(3)

4.4.0f

3.0(1)
3.0(2)
3.0(2a)
3.0(3)

4.4.0f

3.1(2)
3.1(3)
3.2(1a)

1, 2, 33

Brocade (continued)

3900

5.0.3
5.0.3b
5.0(3)

3.0(1)
3.0(2)
3.0(2a)
3.0(3)

1, 33

5.1.0d

3.1(2)
3.1(3)
3.2(1a)

1, 33

5.3.0

3.2(1a), 4.2(1a)

1

5.3.0b

3.2(3a)
3.3(1a), 3.3(1c),
4.1(1b), 4.2(1a)

1, 33

5.3.1a

4.1(3a), 4.2(1a)

5.0.5f, 5.3.1b, 5.3.2

4.1(1b), 4.1(3a)

33

5.3.2x, 6.1.1x

5.0(1a)

4100

5.3.2x, 6.1.2x

5.0(1a)

6.1.0x

4.1(1b)

48000,7500

6.1.0d

4.1(1b)

1

6.1.0f, 6.1.0j, 6.1.0h, 6.1.0d4

4.1(1b)

33

DCX, DCX(8G)

6.3.0x, 6.2.1x

5.0(1a)

6.1.0x4

4.1(1b)

6.2.0x

4.2(3a), 4.2(x), 4.2(7d)

6.2.2c

5.0(4), 5.0(4b), 5.0(4c), 5.0(4d)

6.4.0b

5.0(1a)

NPV

DCX6

6.4.0c

5.0(4d)

33

6.4.1a

5.0(4d)

6.2.2c, 6.4.2, 6.4.2b

5.2(1)

5480 (HP 8/24c)

7.0.0b

5.2(2d)

NPIV

48000, 3850, 4900, 41007

5.0.3
5.0.3b
5.0(3)

3.0(1)
3.0(2)
3.0(2a)
3.0(3)

1, 33

5.3.0

3.2(1a), 4.2(x)

1

5.3.0b

3.2(3a)
3.3(1a), 3.3(1c), 4.1(1b), 4.2(x)

1, 33

5.3.0d

5.0(1a)

33

5.3.1a

4.1(3a), 4.2(1a)

1, 33

5.0.5f, 5.3.1b, 5.3.2

4.1(1b), 4.1(3a)

33

5.3.2

5.0(1a)

6.2.2c

5.0(4), 5.0(4b), 5.0(4c), 5.04(d)

4012, 4024

5.3.0b

3.3(1a), 3.3(1c), 4.2(1a)

1, 33

5.3.1a

4.1(3a)

5.0.5f, 5.3.1b, 5.3.2

4.1(1b), 4.1(3a)

3

12000

5.0.5c

3.2(3a)
3.3(1a), 3.3(1c), 4.1(1b)

1, 33

5.0.5f

4.1(3a), 4.2(1a)

5.0.5f, 5.3.1b, 5.3.2

4.1(1b), 4.1(3a)

33

4.2.0x, 5.3.2x

5.0(1a)

Brocade (continued)

24000

5.1.0d

3.1(2), 3.2(1a)

1, 33

5.3.0b

3.2(3a)
3.3(1a), 3.3(1c), 4.1(1b)

1, 33

5.3.1a

4.1(3a), 4.2(1a)

5.0.5f, 5.3.1b, 5.3.2

4.1(1b), 4.1(3a)

33

5.3.2x, 6.1.1x, 6.2.1x

5.0(1a)

5.3.2c

5.0(4), 5.0(4b), 5.04(c), 5.0(4d)

4900

5.3.0b

4.1(1b)

5100

6.1.1x, 6.2.1x

5.0(1a)

6.1.0x,

4.1(1b)

5300

6.4.0c

5.2(1)

1, 33

6.4.1a

5.2(1)

1, 33

6.4.1b

5.2(1)

33

QLogic

SANbox2

1.4.0.43-0

1.3(4a)

Native

SANbox 5200

6.0

2.1(2b)

SANbox64

1.5.1.04

1.3(4a)

2.01

1.3(4a)

SANbox 5600

5.0.1.10.00

3.0(2a)
3.0(3)

HP

Virtual Connect

VCM 2.01 (FC 1.30)

4.1(3a), 4.2(1a)

Native (NPIV enabled), 1

McDATA

6064, 6140, 4500, 3232

4.01

1.2(1a)

1

5.0.1

1.2(1b)

5.0.2

1.2(1a), 1.3(4a)

6.0, 6.01

1.3(4a)

6.02

2.0(1b)

7.0

2.1(1a)

7.1.0.5

McDATA

4500, 6140, 6064

07.1.0.5

3.0(1), 3.0(2a)

1, 48

08.1.01.4

3.0(1), 3.0(2a), 3.1(2), 4.2(5), 4.2(7a)

09.00

3.0(3), 3.1(2), 3.1(3)

09.01.00

3.0(3), 3.2(1a), 3.3(4)

09.06

3.2(1a)

09.06.00 22

3.2(3a)

4.1(1b)

09.07.01.4

3.3(1a), 3.3(1c), 4.1(1b)

09.07.02.1

3.3(3), 4.1(1b)

09.07.02.1

4.1(3a), 4.2(1a), 5.0(1a)

09.08.01

4.1(1b), 4.1(1c), 4.1(3a), 4.2(1a), 4.2(1b)

09.09.06

4.1(3a)9

4500, 6064

09.09.08

3.3(3), 3.3(5), 4.2(7c)

46

6140

09.06.00, 09.09.06

5.0(1a)

1, 46

09.09.08

4.2(3)9

48

09.09.08

5.2(1)

1, 410

09.09.09

5.0(4b)

48

09.09.09

5.2(1)

1, 4 9

09.08.01

5.2(2a)

1,4 7 , 9

6064

09.09.03, 09.09.06

5.0(1a)

1, 46

3032

09.07.01.4

3.3(1a), 3.3(1c), 4.1(1b)

09.07.02.1

3.3(3), 4.1(1b), 4.1(3a), 4.2(1)

09.09.08

4.2(3)

1, 4 9

4700

08.01.00, 09.09.03

5.0(1a)

1, 4 6

4500

09.09.03

5.0(1a)

1, 4 6

09.09.07, 09.09.08

4.2.(1a), 5.0(4b)

4 9

09.09.08

4.2(3)

1

i10k

09.2.0.8

3.2(2c), 3.2(3), 3.2(3a)

1, 46

09.07.1.5

3.3(1a), 3.3(1c), 4.1(1b)

09.07.02.1

3.3(3), 4.1(1b), 4.1(3a), 4.2(1a)

09.08.03, 09.09.03

4.1(1b), 4.1(1c), 4.1(3a), 4.2(1a), 4.2(1b)

09.09.05

3.3(3), 4.1(1b), 4.1(1c), 4.1(3a), 4.2(1a), 4.2(1b)

09.09.08

4.2(3)11

48

09.09.06

5.0(4b)

1,46

6064/6140 with 10G w/XPM card

9.06.00 22
9.07.01.4

3.2(3a), 3.3(1a), 3.3(1c), 4.1(1b)

 

6064/6140 with 10G w/XPM

9.07.02.1

3.3(3), 4.1(1b), 4.1(3a), 4.2(1a)

46

Inrange

FC/9000

04.00.04.06

1.3(4a)

No Interop Setting required

2.Cisco MDS interop mode 1 supports connectivity of Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches to other Fibre Channel vendor switches per the FC-MI standard document.

3.Cisco MDS interop mode 2 supports nondisruptive connectivity to Brocade Silkworm 2800 and 3800 switches family with Core-PID set to 0.

4.Cisco MDS InterOp mode 3 supports nondisruptive connectivity of all Brocade Silkworm switches including 3900 and 12000 switch family with Core-PID set to 1. We recommend using Cisco Fabric Manager for all MDS interop mode types with Brocade for zone administration. In MDS InterOp mode 3 and Brocade Native, Host attached to Brocade does not receive RSCN after zoneset activation/de-activation and can not discover LUNs immediately. Zoneset activation includes, a new zoneset activation and modification of existing zoneset and reactivation. Zoneset may be a regular zoneset or IVR zoneset. This issue is seen on all major Brocade releases 5.3.x; 6.1.0d, 6.x.

5.Zoning changes cannot be activated from Brocade switch. Work around is to use MDS switches to activate zoning changes. Brocade switches cannot see IVR enabled devices if NAT is enabled

6.In an IVR NAT enabled configuration, use persistence FCID with Area’s value of 64 or less for MDS connected devices. This will ensure that the Brocade nameserver will discover the devices. In addition, RDI mode must be configured.

7.Cisco SAN-OS 3.2(1a) is supported on Brocade switches running 5.3.0 only.

8.MDS interop mode 4 supports native connectivity to McDATA switches, and is supported for migration purposes. McDATA software security features such as Fabric Binding are not supported in this mode and must be disabled.

The McDATA/IBM Bladecenter embedded switch in McDATA mode is not supported in interop mode 4. Only the standard mode (mode 1) is supported. For HP Blade servers with embedded Brocade and McDATA switch Interoperability matrix, visit: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00758719/c00758719.pdf and http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00758729/c00758729.pdf?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN.
For procedures, guidelines, and techniques for implementing switch-to-switch interoperability refer to the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Switch to Switch Interoperability Configuration Guide at the following URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/ps4159/ps4358/products_device_support_tables_list.html

9.MDS9124e in NPV mode.

10.Zoneset deactivation from either MDS or McDATA will cause McDATA switch to be nonresponsive and rebooting it would be required to gain access.

11.MDS 9513 and MDS 9124 in IBM blade center

IBM eServer Bladecenter Interoperability Matrix

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Table 3-4 MDS Interoperability with IBM eServer Bladecenter12

Blade SW Module Firmware
2062-D07, T07,D04, T04
(MDS 9500)
Firmware
2054-E11
(MDS9513) Firmware
2062-D01/2061-020/040
(MDS9200/9100) Firmware
2053-424 (MDS9124)
Firmware
Blade Center

2-port FC Switch Module

(No InterOp Mode Required)

2.0.1.09

1.3(2a) to 3.0(2a)

3.0(1) & 3.0(2a)

1.3(2a) to 3.0(2a)

NA

QLogic 6-port 2G Enterprise FC Switch Module

(No InterOp Mode Required)

4.1.0.22

5.5.1.10

2.1(1a) to 3.0(2a)

3.0(2a)

3.0(1) & 3.0(2a)

3.0(2a)

2.1(1a) to 3.0(2a)

3.0(2a)

NA

QLogic 6-port 4G Enterprise FC Switch Module

(No InterOp Mode Required)

5.5.1.10

5.5.2.6

5.5.2.8

3.0(2a) & higher

3.0(2a) & higher)

3.0(2a) & higher

3.1(2) & higher

QLogic 4G Intelligent Pass-thru Module

6.5.0.21

4.1(1c) & higher

(NPIV Mode)

4.1(1c) & higher

(NPIV Mode)

4.1(1c) & higher

(NPIV Mode)

4.1(1c) & higher

(NPIV Mode)

QLogic 8G IPM

7.10.1.3.0

4.2.(5) & higher

4.2(5) & higher

4.2(5) & higher

4.2(5) & higher

McData 6-port 2/4G FC Switch Module

(Standard Mode)

5.5.1.10

5.5.2.5

5.5.2.6.0

3.0(2a) & higher

(default Mode)

3.0(1) & higher

(default Mode)

3.0(2a) & higher

(default Mode)

3.1(2) & higher

(default Mode)

McData 6-port 2/4G FC Switch Module

Standard and McDATA Fabric modes

5.5.2.6.0

NX-OS 4.1(1b)

NX-OS 4.1(1b)

NX-OS 4.1(1b)

NX-OS 4.1(1b)

Optical Pass-thru Module

NA

1.3(2a) to 3.0(2a)

3.0(1) & 3.0(2a)

1.3(2a) to 3.0(2a)

NA

Brocade Enterprise SAN Switch Module

(InterOp Mode)

4.2.1a

5.0.3a

1.3(4a), 2.0(2b), 2.1(1a)

3.0(1), 3.0(2), 3.0(2a)

(InterOp Mode 1)

3.0(2a)

(InterOp Mode 1)

1.3(4a), 2.0(2b), 2.1(1a)

3.0(1), 3.0(2), 3.0(2a)

(InterOp Mode 1)

NA)

Brocade Entry SAN Switch Module

(InterOp Mode)

Brocade Enterprise SAN Switch Module

(Native Mode)

4.2.1a

5.0.3a

1.3(4a), 2.0(2b), 2.1(1a)

3.0(1), 3.0(2), 3.0(2a)

(InterOp Mode 3)

3.0(2a)

(InterOp Mode 3)

1.3(4a), 2.0(2b), 2.1(1a)

3.0(1), 3.0(2), 3.0(2a)

(InterOp Mode 3)

NA

Brocade Entry SAN Switch Module

(Native Mode)

Brocade 4G 6-port SAN Switch Module

(InterOp Mode)

5.0.3a

5.3.1

3.0(1), 3.0(2), 3.0(2a) & higher

(InterOp Mode 1)

3.0(2a) & higher

(InterOp Mode 1)

3.0(1), 3.0(2), 3.0(2a) & higher

(InterOp Mode 1)

3.1(2) & higher

(InterOp Mode 1)

Brocade 4G 6-port SAN Switch Module

(Native Mode)

5.0.3a

5.3.1

3.0(1), 3.0(2), 3.0(2a) & higher

(InterOp Mode 3)

3.0(2a) & higher

(InterOp Mode 3)

3.0(1), 3.0(2), 3.0(2a) & higher

(InterOp Mode 3)

3.1(2) & higher

(InterOp Mode 3)

Brocade 4G 6-port SAN Switch Module

(Access Gateway)

5.3.1

4.1(1c) & higher

(NPIV Mode)

4.1(1c) & higher

(NPIV Mode)

4.1(1c) & higher

(NPIV Mode)

4.1(1c) & higher

(NPIV Mode)

12.Refer to the following URL for full IBM SAN Volume Controller compatibility information with Cisco MDS 9000 switch family: http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=591&uid=ssg1S1002472

NPV Interoperability Matrix (Legacy)


NoteFor latest information on the N-Port Virtualization (NPV) and switch mode support with Brocade switches, see For latest information on the N-Port Virtualization (NPV) and switch mode support with Brocade switches, see Table 3-1 and Table 3-2.


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Table 3-5 Cisco NPV InterOp Matrix - Edge

Cisco MDS9000
MDS OS version
(NPV enabled)
Brocade Core FOS version (NPIV)
McDATA

Embedded MDS 9124e

3.2(1), 3.3(1c)

5.2.0a

 

4.1(1b), 4.1(1c), 4.1(3a)

6.1.0d

 

4.1(3a)

 

9.09.06

4.2(3a)

5.1.0d

 

Embedded MDS IBM Blade Switch

3.2(1), 3.3(1c)

5.2.0a

 

4.1(1b), 4.1(1c), 4.1(3a), 4.2(1a)

6.1.0d

 

MDS9134

5.0(1a)

6.4.0b

 

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Table 3-6 Cisco N-Port Virtualization (NPV) InterOp Matrix - Core

Brocade Embedded Switch Blade (edge)
FabricOS
Cisco Core NX-OS (NPIV)

Access Gateway

6.4.x

4.2(7c)

HP Bladeserver (Brocade 5480)

6.4.0b

4.2(1b), 5.0(1a)

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Table 3-7 Cisco N-Port Virtualization (NPV) InterOp Matrix - Core

HP embedded swicthes
FW
Cisco Core NX-OS (NPIV)

Virtual Connect13

VCM 2.01 (FC 1.30)

4.1(3a), 4.2(1a)

13.Refer to HP matrix for more detailed information: http://h20272.www2.hp.com/utility/document.aspx?docurl=Shared%20Documents/hw/switches/C-Series_FC_Switch_Connectivity_Stream_2011_02_04.pdf