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FICON Switch or Director Support Matrix Frequently Asked Question



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Additional Author(s):

Carl Bauske
Jim Fisher


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FQ105505


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Document Revised:

02/14/2013


Product(s) covered:

# 3494; VTS







FAQ: What ISV and IBM FICON Switch or Director products are supported when a 3494 VTS or PtP VTS is connected to a z/OS system via cascading?

Answer to this FAQ:


The table below is the matrix of Ficon switches supported with the standalone VTS and the PtP VTS.
  • Both host to VTS or VTC and VTC to VTS are supported
  • 1 level of cascading (2 switches) is supported
  • No intermix of vendors
  • Can mix models within vendors. (See vendor web pages for specific combinations supported.)
  • Maximum distance supported with switches is 100km (62 miles) for all vendors/models
  • Contact switch vendors to determine which switches are appropriate for use with channel extenders


Note on VTS code level naming conventions.
All code names are 2.xx.xxx.xx. The important numbers are the next to last set of 3 digits. Those digits indicate the release level and fix level. So using R7.2 as an example, GA level was 2.30.720.40 .
  • The 720 indicates this is the 7.2 release and 0 means it was the base GA level.
  • If a fix level is required for R7.2, the 720 would be incremented to 721 to indicate it is now R7.2+1. So the code level would be 2.30,721.xx.
So in the tables below, if it specifies "or a higher fix level" that means (using the R7.2 example) R7.2+1, R7.2+4, R7.2+xx would all be supported. So any release with 2.30.72x.xx would be supported. However, any R7.3, R7.4, etc. release or a release with 730, 740, etc. in the release number would not be supported.


R7.4+5 Support
Switch Vendor and ModelSwitch level of microcode supportedVTS & PtP VTS level of microcode supported
Brocade 12000
IBM 2109-M12
5.0.1b
NOTE: Do not support arbitrated loop
R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
Brocade 14000
IBM 2109-M14
5.0.1b
NOTE: Do not support arbitrated loop
R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
Brocade Silkworm 4100
IBM 2005-B32
5.0.4a
NOTE: Do not support arbitrated loop
R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
Brocade Silkworm 48000
IBM 2109-M48
5.0.4a or 5.1.0c
NOTE: Do not support arbitrated loop
R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
Cisco MDS9216a or MDS9216i
IBM 2062-D01/T01
FW 2.0 (2b) or 3.0.2 or 3.0.3
NOTE: Ficon Tape Acceleration feature is not supported.
R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
Cisco MDS9506
IBM 2062-D04/T04
FW 2.0 (2b) or 3.0.2 or 3.0.3
NOTE: Ficon Tape Acceleration feature is not supported.
R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
Cisco MDS9509
IBM 2062-D07/T07
FW 2.0 (2b) or 3.0.2 or 3.0.3
NOTE: Ficon Tape Acceleration feature is not supported.
R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
Cisco MDS9513
IBM 2062-E11
FW 3.0.2 or 3.0.3
NOTE: Ficon Tape Acceleration feature is not supported.
R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
McDATA (CNT) FC9000
IBM 2042-001, 128, 256
5.0.3R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
McDATA (CNT) UMD
IBM 2042-N16
IBM 2045-N16
1.5.0.0.0 (aka 1.5)R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
INRANGE FC9000see McDATA (CNT) FC9000See CNT FC9000
McDATA ED-6064
IBM 2032-064
EOS 6.02 or 8.00.01 or 9.0 or 9.0.1 or 9.02R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
NOTE: When upgrading from R7.2 or R7.3 to R7.4+5, all components of a PtP VTS must have their code upgraded prior to upgrading the code level on the McData switch.
McDATA ED-6140
IBM 2032-140
IBM 2027-140
EOS 6.02 or 8.00.01 or 9.0 or 9.0.1 or 9.02R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
NOTE: When upgrading from R7.2 or R7.3 to R7.4+5, all components of a PtP VTS must have their code upgraded prior to upgrading the code level on the McData switch.
McDATA ES-3232
IBM 2031-232
IBM 2027-232
EOS 8.00.01 or 9.0 or 9.0.1 R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
NOTE: When upgrading from R7.2 or R7.3 to R7.4+5, all components of a PtP VTS must have their code upgraded prior to upgrading the code level on the McData switch.
McDATA Intrepid i10K
IBM 2027-256
EOS 6.3.2 or 6.3.0 or 9.0.1 or 9.02R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level
McData Sphereon 4700
IBM 2026-432
EOS 8.0 or EOS 9.0 or 9.0.1R7.4+5 (2.32.745.19) or higher R7.4 fix level

R7.4 Support
Switch Vendor and ModelSwitch level of microcode supportedVTS & PtP VTS level of microcode supported
Brocade 12000
IBM 2109-M12
4.4R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
Brocade 14000
IBM 2109-M14
4.4R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
Brocade Silkworm 4100
IBM 2005-B32
5.01R7.4+1 (2.32.741.5 minimum) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
Brocade Silkworm 48000
IBM 2109-M48
5.01R7.4+1 (2.32.741.5 minimum) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
Cisco MDS9216
IBM 2062-D01/T01
FW 2.0 (2b)R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
Cisco MDS9506
IBM 2062-D04/T04
FW 2.0 (2b)R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
Cisco MDS9509
IBM 2062-D07/T07
FW 2.0 (2b)R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
CNT FC9000
IBM 2042-001, 128, 256
5.0.0R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
CNT UMD
IBM 2042-N16
IBM 2045-N16
1.5.0.0.0 (aka 1.5)R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
INRANGE FC9000see CNT FC9000See CNT FC9000
McDATA ED-6064
IBM 2032-064
6.02 or 7.0R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
NOTE: When upgrading from R7.2 or R7.3 to R7.4, all components of a PtP VTS must have their code upgraded prior to upgrading the code level on the McData switch.
McDATA ED-6140
IBM 2032-140
IBM 2027-140
6.02 or 7.0R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
NOTE: When upgrading from R7.2 or R7.3 to R7.4, all components of a PtP VTS must have their code upgraded prior to upgrading the code level on the McData switch.
McDATA ES-3232
IBM 2031-232
IBM 2027-232
7.0R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)
NOTE: When upgrading from R7.2 or R7.3 to R7.4, all components of a PtP VTS must have their code upgraded prior to upgrading the code level on the McData switch.
McDATA Intrepid i10K
IBM 2027-256
6.2R7.4 (2.32.740.47 minimum) or R7.4+1 fix level (2.32.741.xx) or R7.4+2 fix level (2.32.742.xx)

R7.3 Support
Switch Vendor and ModelSwitch level of microcode supportedVTS & PtP VTS level of microcode supported
Brocade 12000
IBM 2109-M12
4.4
  • R7.3 (2.31.730.54 minimum) or R7.3 fix level (2.31.73x.xx) for B20 standalone, B20 PtP, B10 standalone or B10 PtP when the switch is between the host and VTC.
  • R7.3+1a (2.31.731.3 minimum) or higher R7.3 fix level for B10 PtP when the switch is between the VTC and VTS.
Brocade 14000
IBM 2109-M14
4.4
  • R7.3 (2.31.730.54 minimum) or R7.3 fix level (2.31.73x.xx) for B20 standalone, B20 PtP, B10 standalone or B10 PtP when the switch is between the host and VTC.
  • R7.3+1a (2.31.731.3 minimum) or higher R7.3 fix level for B10 PtP when the switch is between the VTC and VTS.
Cisco MDS9216
IBM 2062-D01/T01
FW 2.0 (2b)
  • R7.3 (2.31.730.54 minimum) or R7.3 fix level (2.31.73x.xx) for B20 standalone, B20 PtP, B10 standalone or B10 PtP when the switch is between the host and VTC.
  • R7.3+1a (2.31.731.3 minimum) or higher R7.3 fix level for B10 PtP when the switch is between the VTC and VTS.
Cisco MDS9506
IBM 2062-D04/T04
FW 2.0 (2b)
  • R7.3 (2.31.730.54 minimum) or R7.3 fix level (2.31.73x.xx) for B20 standalone, B20 PtP, B10 standalone or B10 PtP when the switch is between the host and VTC.
  • R7.3+1a (2.31.731.3 minimum) or higher R7.3 fix level for B10 PtP when the switch is between the VTC and VTS.
Cisco MDS9509
IBM 2062-D07/T07
FW 2.0 (2b)
  • R7.3 (2.31.730.54 minimum) or R7.3 fix level (2.31.73x.xx) for B20 standalone, B20 PtP, B10 standalone or B10 PtP when the switch is between the host and VTC.
  • R7.3+1a (2.31.731.3 minimum) or higher R7.3 fix level for B10 PtP when the switch is between the VTC and VTS.
CNT FC9000
IBM 2042-001, 128, 256
4.3.0 or 5.0.0
  • R7.3 (2.31.730.54 minimum) or R7.3 fix level (2.31.73x.xx) for B20 standalone, B20 PtP, B10 standalone or B10 PtP when the switch is between the host and VTC.
  • R7.3+1a (2.31.731.3 minimum) or higher R7.3 fix level for B10 PtP when the switch is between the VTC and VTS.
CNT UMD
IBM 2042-N16
IBM 2045-N16
1.1.0
  • R7.3 (2.31.730.54 minimum) or R7.3 fix level (2.31.73x.xx) for B20 standalone, B20 PtP, B10 standalone or B10 PtP when the switch is between the host and VTC.
  • R7.3+1a (2.31.731.3 minimum) or higher R7.3 fix level for B10 PtP when the switch is between the VTC and VTS.
INRANGE FC9000see CNT FC9000
McDATA ED-6064
IBM 2032-064
6.02 or 7.0
  • R7.3 (2.31.730.54 minimum) or R7.3 fix level (2.31.73x.xx) for B20 standalone, B20 PtP, B10 standalone or B10 PtP when the switch is between the host and VTC.
  • R7.3+1a (2.31.731.3 minimum) or higher R7.3 fix level for B10 PtP when the switch is between the VTC and VTS.
NOTE: When upgrading from R7.2 to R7.3, all components of a PtP VTS must have their code upgraded prior to upgrading the code level on the McData switch.
McDATA ED-6140
IBM 2032-140
IBM 2027-140
6.02 or 7.0
  • R7.3 (2.31.730.54 minimum) or R7.3 fix level (2.31.73x.xx) for B20 standalone, B20 PtP, B10 standalone or B10 PtP when the switch is between the host and VTC.
  • R7.3+1a (2.31.731.3 minimum) or higher R7.3 fix level for B10 PtP when the switch is between the VTC and VTS.
NOTE: When upgrading from R7.2 to R7.3, all components of a PtP VTS must have their code upgraded prior to upgrading the code level on the McData switch.
McDATA ES-3232
IBM 2031-232
IBM 2027-232
7.0
  • R7.3 (2.31.730.54 minimum) or R7.3 fix level (2.31.73x.xx) for B20 standalone, B20 PtP, B10 standalone or B10 PtP when the switch is between the host and VTC.
  • R7.3+1a (2.31.731.3 minimum) or higher R7.3 fix level for B10 PtP when the switch is between the VTC and VTS.
NOTE: When upgrading from R7.2 to R7.3, all components of a PtP VTS must have their code upgraded prior to upgrading the code level on the McData switch.

R7.2 Support
Switch Vendor and ModelSwitch level of microcode supportedVTS & PtP VTS level of microcode supported
Brocade 12000
IBM 2109-M12
4.1.2bR7.2 (2.30.720.40 minimum) or R7.2 fix level (2.30.72x.xx)
Brocade 14000
IBM 2109-M14
4.2.0bR7.2 (2.30.720.40 minimum) or R7.2 fix level (2.30.72x.xx)
Cisco MDS9216
IBM 2062-D01/T01
FW 1.3 (4a)R7.2 (2.30.720.40 minimum) or R7.2 fix level (2.30.72x.xx)
Cisco MDS9506
IBM 2062-D04/T04
FW 1.3 (4a)R7.2 (2.30.720.40 minimum) or R7.2 fix level (2.30.72x.xx)
Cisco MDS9509
IBM 2062-D07/T07
FW 1.3 (4a)R7.2 (2.30.720.40 minimum) or R7.2 fix level (2.30.72x.xx)
CNT UMD
IBM 2042-N16
IBM 2045-N16
1.1.0R7.2 (2.30.720.40 minimum) or R7.2 fix level (2.30.72x.xx)
CNT FC9000
IBM 2042-001, 128, 256
4.3R7.2 (2.30.720.40 minimum) or R7.2 fix level (2.30.72x.xx)
INRANGE FC9000see CNT FC9000see CNT FC9000
McDATA ED-6064
IBM 2032-064
6.01R7.2 (2.30.720.40 minimum) or R7.2 fix level (2.30.72x.xx)
McDATA ED-6140
IBM 2032-140
6.01R7.2 (2.30.720.40 minimum) or R7.2 fix level (2.30.72x.xx)
McDATA ES-3232
IBM 2103-232
6.01R7.2 (2.30.720.40 minimum) or R7.2 fix level (2.30.72x.xx)

Last updated
04/05/07 - by Collette Morton - Updated McData support
03/20/07 - by Collette Morton - Added Brocade R18
03/01/07 by Collette Morton - Clarified Cisco support.
01/11/07 by Collette Morton - Added latest levels of switch codes supported based on recent testing..



Classification:

Hardware

Category:

Installation and Migration

Solution(s):

e-Commerce



Platform(s):

IBM System z Family; IBM System Storage

S/W Pillar(s):

IBM System z Software

O/S:

MVS

Keywords:

McData, Brocade, CNT, Inrange


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