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HP A7533A - Brocade 4Gb SAN Switch Base Administrator's Manual: Supported Third Party Wan Optimizer Hardware; Options For Enhancing Tape I/o Performance; Fcip Fastwrite And Tape Pipelining

Hp storageworks fabric os 6.2 administrator guide (5697-0016, may 2009).
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The TCP Byte Streaming feature supports an FCIP frame that has been split into a maximum of eight
separate TCP segments. If the frame is split into more than eight segments, it results in prematurely sending
a frame to the FCIP layer with an incorrect size and the FCIP tunnel bounces.
Only one tunnel is allowed to be configured for a GigE port that has TCP Byte Streaming configured. The
tunnel cannot have compression enabled; it cannot have FC Fastwrite enabled, and must have a
committed rate set on the tunnel. The committed rate must come from communication with the supported
third party WAN optimizer hardware. This feature requires both sides of the tunnel to be configured in
exactly the same way. Older versions of the software cannot bring up a tunnel that has a TCP Byte
Streaming configured FCIP tunnel.

Supported third party WAN optimizer hardware

The following third-party hardware is supported for TCP Byte Streaming:
Silver Peak
Model – NX7500
Software Versions: 2.1.4.0_20084, 2.2 pre-release
F5
Model – WANJet 500
Software Versions: 4.2.16, 4.2.17

Options for enhancing tape I/O performance

There are two options available for enhancing open systems SCSI tape write I/O performance:

FCIP Fastwrite and Tape Pipelining

FC Fastwrite
FCIP Fastwrite and Tape Pipelining are implemented together. FC Fastwrite is an FC-FC routing alternative
that disables the local Ethernet ports (ge0 and ge1), making it impossible to configure FCIP Fastwrite and
Tape Pipelining and FC Fastwrite on the same HP StorageWorks 400 Multi-Protocol Router or FC4- 1 8i
blade. See
"FC Fastwrite
FC Fastwrite flows may be routed to another HP StorageWorks 400 Multi-Protocol Router or FC4- 1 8i blade
on the FC network. This HP StorageWorks 400 Multi-Protocol Router or B-Series Multi-Protocol (MP) Router
blade may have active FCIP tunnels over an IP network. FC Fastwrite flows may be passed through the
FCIP tunnel, but only if the FCIP Fastwrite option is disabled on the tunnel.
FCIP Fastwrite and Tape Pipelining
When the FCIP link is the slowest part of the network, consider using FCIP Fastwrite and Tape Read and
Write Pipelining. FCIP Fastwrite and Tape Pipelining are two features that provide accelerated speeds for
read and write I/O over FCIP tunnels in some configurations:
FCIP Fastwrite accelerates the SCSI write I/Os over FCIP.
Tape Pipelining accelerates SCSI read and write I/Os to sequential devices (such as tape drives) over
FCIP, which reduces the number of round-trip times needed to complete the I/O over the IP network and
speeds up the process. To use Tape Pipelining, you must also enable FCIP Fastwrite.
Both sides of an FCIP tunnel must have matching configurations for these features to work. FCIP Fastwrite
and Tape Pipelining are enabled by turning them on during the tunnel configuration process. They are
enabled on a per-FCIP tunnel basis. See
466 Configuring and monitoring FCIP extension services
concepts" on page 469 for information about FC Fastwrite.
"Creating an FCIP
tunnel" on page 478 for details.

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