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IBM Spectrum Control 5.2.x - Supported Switches

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Abstract

Switch support with IBM Spectrum Control 5.2.8 and higher.

Content

Switches
Brocade, Cisco

Firmware and SMI Agent levels newer than what is listed here are considered untested but are expected to work similarly and can be used. Newer levels are often recommended to pick up the latest fixes and functionality. If issues arise while using the newer levels, open a PMR and IBM Support will investigate the problem and attempt to resolve it, but resolution is not guaranteed. Any issues will be documented as they are identified. Minor version variations, such as letter designations, for the firmware levels may not be listed, but they are supported unless explicitly excluded.

More detailed information about support for firmware or SMI Agents with particular switch models is available from each of the switch vendors and should be referenced. The information in this table is provided for guidance with IBM Spectrum Control deployment.

 

Brocade

Last updated: 2017-Dec-20
Model
IBM OEM Model
Firmware
SMI Agent
200E
210E
300
3016
3250
3850
3900
4020
4100
4900
5000
5100
5300
5410
5470
5480
6505
6510
6520
7500
7500E
7800
8000
M5440
12000
24000
48000
DCX-4S
DCX 8510 Backbone
DCX Backbone
2005-16B
2005-B16
2005-B32
2005-H08
2005-H16
2005-32B (SAN 32B-2)
2005-B5K
2005-B64
2005-R04
2005-R06
2005-R18
2109-F32
2109-M12
2109-M14
2109-M48
2498-B24/24E
2498-B40/40E
2498-B80
2498-F24 (SAN 24-B5)
2498-F48 (SAN 48-B5)
2498-F96 (SAN96B-5)
2498-R06 (SAN 06B-R)
2499-192 (SAN 384B)
2499-384
2499-416 (SAN 384B-2)
2499-816 (SAN 768B-2)
FC5022
8.1.x
8.0.x

7.4.x
7.3.x
7.2.x
7.1.x
7.0.x

6.4.x
6.3.x
6.2.x
6.1.x
6.0.x

5.3.x
5.2.x

5.0.5
Network Advisor
with Integrated SMI Agent

Recommended:
14.0.1 or higher
14.4.x preferred


14.3.x
14.2.x
14.0.x
12.4.x*
12.3.x
12.2.x
12.1.x
12.0.x

* 12.4.2 not supported.
Brocade switch notes, limitations, and considerations:
  • The Network Advisor SMI Agent is the only supported agent option.
  • The integrated SMI Agent is only available in the Professional Plus and Enterprise editions of Network Advisor. However, if you do not have a license for Network Advisor, you can still freely download and install it and use it as an SMI-S Agent for IBM Spectrum Control. During the Network Advisor installation, choose the SMI Agent Only option. When installed this way, the Network Advisor client interface will not be available, but configuration panels can be accessed by launching the Server Management Console and selecting Configure SMI Agent.
  • Access Gateway mode switches are supported but there are some limitations.
  • Brocade virtual fabrics are supported but have the following limitations:
    • Virtual fabrics and switches are displayed, but the physical fabrics and physical switches are not.
    • The virtual fabrics and switches are displayed as if they are physical fabrics and switches. Therefore, you cannot see which virtual fabrics are on the same physical fabric, and you cannot see which virtual switches are on the same physical switch.
    • You must use a CIM agent to collect performance metrics for Brocade switches that are partitioned into virtual fabrics. The SNMP agent will not collect these performance metrics.
    • Additional Network Advisor limitations exist that may affect Brocade virtual fabrics in your environment.
  • IBM Spectrum Control does not support the Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity functions for the Brocade 8000 switch. The domain-port zoning for Brocade 8000 switch is limited to the 8 FC ports. Only WWN zoning is supported with the internal FCoE ports. Performance monitoring is not supported for the Brocade 8000 internal FCoE ports
  • FICON support for Brocade switches is available using the Network Advisor integrated SMI agent. However, there is no differentiation of FICON from FC in IBM Spectrum Control.
  • Fabrics with switches from two (or more) vendors are not supported unless all switches of the second vendor are in NPV (N_Port Virtualization) mode.
  • Troubleshooting: Problems with Brocade fabric probe and switch performance monitors

 

 

Cisco

Last updated: 2017-Sept-26
Model
IBM OEM Model
Firmware
MDS 9120
MDS 9124
MDS 9134
MDS 9140
MDS 9148
MDS 9216
MDS 9216i
MDS 9216A
MDS 9222i
MDS 9250i
MDS 9396S
MDS 9506
MDS 9509
MDS 9513
MDS 9706
MDS 9710
2053-434
2061-020
2061-040
2062-D01
2062-D04/T04
2062-D07/T07
2062-D1A
2062-D1H
2417-C48
6.2(x)

5.2(x)
5.0(x)

4.2(x)
4.1(x)

3.3(x)
3.2(x)
Nexus 5000   Performance monitoring data cannot be collected for Cisco Nexus switches running NX-OS 7.x
Cisco switch notes, limitations, and considerations:
  • SNMPv1 and SNMPv3 are the only supported agent options.
  • Enhanced zoning mode is supported. Zone aliases are not supported.
  • IBM Spectrum Control does not support the Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity functions for the Cisco MDS or Nexus switches.
  • Domain-port zoning is not supported on Cisco Nexus switches.
  • Fabrics with switches from two (or more) vendors are not supported unless all switches of the second vendor are in NPV (N_Port Virtualization) mode.
  • Performance monitoring for Cisco switches is available for the physical switches only and not the virtual switches.

 

 



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Click here for the switch support matrix for IBM Spectrum Control 5.3.x

 

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Related information

Brocade Network Advisor
IBM Network Advisor
Limitations for Network Advisor CIM agent
Support Matrix Home - Find Links
TPC 5.2.0 to 5.2.7 Supported Switches Matrix
IBM Spectrum Control 5.3.x - Switches

Cross reference information
Product Component Platform Version Edition
IBM Spectrum Control Advanced Edition AIX, Linux, Windows 5.2.8, 5.2.9, 5.2.10, 5.2.11, 5.2.12, 5.2.13, 5.2.14, 5.2.15, 5.2.16, 5.2.17

Document information

More support for: IBM Spectrum Control Standard Edition

Component: --

Software version: 5.2.8, 5.2.9, 5.2.10, 5.2.11, 5.2.12, 5.2.13, 5.2.14, 5.2.15, 5.2.16, 5.2.17

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Windows

Reference #: 7047050

Modified date: 05 November 2018