Supported number of FC hop counts

Contributors

The maximum supported FC hop count between a host and storage system depends on the switch supplier and storage system support for FC configurations.

The hop count is defined as the number of switches in the path between the initiator (host) and target (storage system). Cisco also refers to this value as the diameter of the SAN fabric.

Switch supplier Supported hop count

Brocade

7 for FC5 for FCoE

Cisco

7 for FCUp to 3 of the switches can be FCoE switches.

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