Connectivity requirements

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This section describes the connectivity requirements for the different versions of FlexPod Express.

Connectivity requirements for FlexPod Express with NetApp FAS

The connectivity requirements for FlexPod Express with NetApp FAS include:

  • NetApp FAS storage controllers must be directly connected to the Cisco Nexus switches, except in the Cisco UCS-managed configuration, where storage controllers are connected to the fabric interconnects.

  • No additional equipment can be placed inline between the core FlexPod components.

  • Virtual port channels (vPCs) are required to connect the Cisco Nexus 3000/9000 series switches to the NetApp storage controllers.

  • Although it is not required, enabling jumbo frame support is recommended throughout the environment.

Connectivity requirements for FlexPod Express with NetApp E-Series

The connectivity requirements for FlexPod Express with E-Series include:

  • The E-Series storage controllers must be directly connected to the fabric interconnects.

  • No additional equipment should be placed inline between the core FlexPod components.

  • vPCs are required between the fabric interconnects and the Ethernet switches.

Connectivity requirements for FlexPod Express with NetApp AFF

The connectivity requirements for FlexPod Express with NetApp AFF include:

  • NetApp AFF storage controllers must be directly connected to the Cisco Nexus switches, except in the Cisco UCS–managed configuration, where storage controllers are connected to the fabric. interconnects.

  • No additional equipment can be placed inline between the core FlexPod components.

  • Virtual port channels (vPCs) are required to connect the Cisco Nexus 3000/9000 series switches to the NetApp storage controllers.

  • Although it is not required, enabling jumbo frame support is recommended throughout the environment.