OS10 Enterprise Edition User Guide Release 10.4.0E(R3)


Fibre Channel over Ethernet

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) encapsulates Fibre channel frames over Ethernet networks.

FCoE Initialization protocol (FIP) establishes Fibre channel connectivity with Ethernet ports.

FIP snooping bridge (FSB) implements security characteristics to admit valid FCoE traffic in the Ethernet networks.

FIP and FCoE provide FC emulation over Ethernet links.

An Ethernet switch configured to operate in FSB mode snoops FIP packets on FCoE enabled VLANs and discovers the following information:

  • End nodes (ENodes)
  • Fibre channel forwarder (FCF)
  • Connections between ENodes and FCFs
  • Sessions between ENodes and FCFs

Using the discovered information, the switch installs ACL entries that provide security and point-to-point link emulation.

FIP snooping bridge

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