vPCs are required from the Cisco Nexus 5000, 6000, 7000, or 9000 Series Switches to the fabric interconnects. FCoE port channels are recommended for end-to-end FCoE designs. Jumbo frame support is recommended to be enabled throughout the environment, but not required. A separate 100MbE/GbE out-of-band management network is required. 10 Other Requirements A FlexPod architecture has the following additional interoperability and support-related requirements: All hardware and software components must be listed and supported on the IMT , the Cisco UCS HCL, and the Cisco UCS Hardware and Software Interoperability Matrix. If V-Series components are used with Data ONTAP 7-Mode, they must be listed and supported in the V-Series/gFiler Gateway Support Matrix. In clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 and later, this feature is called NetApp FlexArray ® , and the compatibility information is detailed in the NetApp IMT . Valid support contracts are required for all equipment, including: SMARTnet support for Cisco equipment SupportEdge Premium support for NetApp equipment For more information, see the NetApp IMT and the V-Series/gFiler Gateway Support Matrix . 11 Optional Features For FlexPod architectures, NetApp supports several optional components to further enhance FlexPod Datacenter architectures. Optional components are outlined in the following sections. 11.1 MetroCluster FlexPod supports the NetApp MetroCluster ™ solution for continuous availability, in either two- or four- node cluster configurations. MetroCluster provides synchronous replication for critical workloads. It requires a dual-site configuration connected with Cisco switching. The maximum supported distance between the sites is 300km (approximately 186 miles). Figure 1 illustrates the FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp MetroCluster architecture. For additional details and guidance, see the FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp MetroCluster deployment document.
10 FlexPod Datacenter Technical Specifications © 2016 NetApp, Inc. All rights reserved. Figure 1) FlexPod Datacenter with NetApp MetroCluster architecture. 11.2 FCP SAN Boot Through Cisco MDS To provide increased scalability by using a dedicated SAN network, FlexPod supports Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) through the Cisco MDS switches. The FCP SAN Boot option through Cisco MDS has the following licensing and hardware requirements: A minimum of two FC ports per NetApp storage controller; one port for each SAN fabric An FCP license on each NetApp storage controller Cisco MDS switches and firmware versions supported on NetApp IMT The following CVD documents for FlexPod Datacenter with FC provide additional guidance for an MDS- based design: FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.0 and Fibre Channel Design Guide FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere 6.0 and Fibre Channel Deployment Guide Figure 2 shows the FlexPod Datacenter with MDS connectivity.