IBM SVC really support VNX and VNX working together with IBM SVC

After a month later, VNX 5500 and IBM SVC is working together how i want instead of little status issue which is not have a difficulty, but i will investigate

The story is starting when i create a ticket to IBM for to be sure about the support and L2 answer was IBM do not support VNX 5500😦
L2 reason is cx5 and related FLARE version is not on http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=591&uid=ssg1S1003797
but web site said that we support “EMC CLARiiON CX-series models” which VNX is not a so different things then CX-5 and Celerra, its only bundle solution http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/software/virtualization/svc/specifications.html

When you are in trouble pls try to reach your sales guy from IBM, it can be a your Superman like our one Ferhat GÜLSOY from IBM/TURKEY and created a RPQ then IBM back us we are supporting VNX

Right now we have two Fabrics and each 2 fc ports of SVC nodes are connected to Fabric A and Fabric B. On EMC site each SPs two fc ports are connected to Fabric A and Fabric B. (its not a must VNX Controllers SPA or SPB each ports should plugged Fabric A or B , from SPA or SPB one port could be connected Fabric A and other port to Fabric B)

Flare Version of EMC is 05.31.000.5.502 (File software is not important in this case because it has a relation with block firmware)

IBM SVC one is 6.2.0.2

Switch is brocade (its not important branded or non branded one)

You can see below lsfabric out , IBM SVC seen EMC VNX via 16 path

IBM_2145:EMPIRE:admin>lsfabric -controller 0
remote_wwpn      remote_nportid id node_name      local_wwpn       local_port local_nportid state    name              cluster_name type
5006016D3EA006D9 011300         1  Luke_skywalker 500507680130A693 2          010100        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
5006016D3EA006D9 011300         1  Luke_skywalker 500507680120A693 4          010200        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
5006016D3EA006D9 011300         2  Darth_vader    500507680130A685 2          010500        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
5006016D3EA006D9 011300         2  Darth_vader    500507680120A685 4          010600        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
500601643EA006D9 011100         1  Luke_skywalker 500507680130A693 2          010100        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
500601643EA006D9 011100         1  Luke_skywalker 500507680120A693 4          010200        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
500601643EA006D9 011100         2  Darth_vader    500507680130A685 2          010500        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
500601643EA006D9 011100         2  Darth_vader    500507680120A685 4          010600        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
5006016C3EA006D9 011300         1  Luke_skywalker 500507680140A693 1          010100        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
5006016C3EA006D9 011300         1  Luke_skywalker 500507680110A693 3          010200        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
5006016C3EA006D9 011300         2  Darth_vader    500507680140A685 1          010500        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
5006016C3EA006D9 011300         2  Darth_vader    500507680110A685 3          010600        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
500601653EA006D9 011100         1  Luke_skywalker 500507680140A693 1          010100        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
500601653EA006D9 011100         1  Luke_skywalker 500507680110A693 3          010200        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
500601653EA006D9 011100         2  Darth_vader    500507680140A685 1          010500        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller
500601653EA006D9 011100         2  Darth_vader    500507680110A685 3          010600        inactive EMC_VNX5500_ASLAN              controller

I only have a problem about rx power, related port RX power was too low (40-50 uW), because of that after some times one of EMC fc port logged-out and path degregated. I used “sfpshow x(port number)”  to see the dBm of RX and TX and after change SFP+ connector and re-check the cabling everything is working well.

Hope this informations help others who has a problem or query to run both solution together.
VM

Posted on 12/11/2011, in Storage and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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