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Analyzing QFabric Devices

 

Using the Topology Tab

Network Director enables you to view the data plane topology and the control plane topology. The data plane is a redundant, high-performance, and scalable data plane that carries QFabric system data traffic. The control plane is the network that carries control traffic between the various QFabric system components such as node devices, interconnect devices, director devices, and the control plane Ethernet switches.

The Topology tab displays the QFabric connectivity in the Data plane—with the interconnect in the center surrounded by the nodes— as shown in Figure 1. Mouse over a device to view the port details and the connection state of that device.

By default, Network Director displays the Data plane topology for the selected QFabric. To view the control plane topology, click Control Plane.

Figure 1: Fabric Analyzer Topology View of a QFabric Switch
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Topology View of a QFabric Switch

In the topology diagram, the connection details are represented by green, yellow, and red lines.

  • The green line indicates that the node is connected to all the Interconnects properly and all functions are normal.

  • The yellow line indicates that the node is only partially connected to the Interconnect. That is, the node might be connected to some of the interconnects, but not all.

  • The red line indicates that the node is not connected to any of the interconnects.

The following details are displayed for each device, if the details are configured on the device:

  • Name of the device provided while configuring the device. The device name is displayed as a label.

  • Platform of the device. Platform can be QFX3500, QFX3600, or QFX5100 switches.

  • Node group name. The name of the node group to which this device belongs to.

  • Node group type. The server name of the node group to which this device belongs to.

  • Source Port: source port of the device.

  • Destination port: The port number on the destination device to which the source device is connected to.