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Understanding Fabric Profiles


A Fabric profile contains configuration settings for a gateway Fibre Channel (FC) fabric. You assign Fabric profiles to QFX Series devices that act as a FCoE-FC gateway, to configure gateway FC fabrics.

A gateway FC fabric is a QFX Series configuration construct. It is not the same thing as an FC fabric in the storage area network (SAN); the gateway FC fabric is local to the switch. It creates associations that connect FCoE devices with converged network adapters (CNAs) on the Ethernet network to an FC switch on the Fibre Channel network. A gateway FC fabric consists of:

  • A unique fabric name.

  • A unique fabric ID.

  • At least one dedicated VLAN for FCoE traffic. VLANs that carry FCoE traffic must not carry any other type of traffic.


    On a QFX3500 or QFabric system Node device, the same VLAN cannot be used in both transit switch mode and FCoE-FC gateway mode.

  • At least one FCoE VLAN interface (Layer 3 VLAN interface) that includes one or more 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces connected to FCoE devices. The FCoE VLANs transport traffic between the FCoE servers and the FCoE-FC gateway. Each FCoE VLAN must carry only FCoE traffic. You cannot mix FCoE traffic and standard Ethernet traffic on the same VLAN.

    The 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces that connect to FCoE devices must include a native VLAN to transport FIP traffic because FIP VLAN discovery and notification frames are exchanged as untagged packets.

    Each FCoE VLAN interface can present multiple VF_Port interfaces to the FCoE network.


    Storm control must be disabled on all Ethernet interfaces that belong to the FCoE VLAN to prevent FCoE traffic from being dropped.

  • One or more native FC interfaces. The native FC interfaces transport traffic between the gateway and the FC switch.


    If the network does not use a dual-rail architecture for redundancy, configure more than one native FC interface for each FC fabric to create redundant connections between the FCoE devices and the FC switch. If one physical link goes down, any sessions it carried can log in again and connect to the FC switch on a different interface. Even in dual-rail architecture networks, creating redundant connections between the QFabric system and the FC switch is the best practice.

You can configure FIP parameters for the fabric or accept the default FIP parameters. VN_Port to VF_Port (VN2VF_Port) FIP snooping is automatically enabled on all server-facing ports because all ports are untrusted by default. You can disable VN2VF_Port FIP snooping on a port-by-port basis by marking a port as an FCoE trusted interface. You can disable VN2VF_Port FIP snooping on all Ethernet ports in an FC fabric by configuring the fabric as FCoE trusted.

Because the switch has 12 native FC ports and each FC fabric requires a minimum of one native FC port, the switch supports a maximum of 12 FC fabrics. However, as a best practice for redundancy, we recommend that you assign at least two native FC interfaces to each FC fabric.

On a QFabric system, all of the FC and FCoE traffic that belongs to a particular gateway FC fabric must ingress and egress the same gateway Node device. Gateway FC fabrics do not span across Node devices. All of the native FC interfaces and the Ethernet interfaces that belong to the FCoE VLAN must reside on the same gateway Node device to be included in an FC fabric on that Node device.

Traffic from FC and FCoE devices that are not in the same FC fabric remain separate and cannot communicate with each other through the gateway.