AG simplifies SAN deployment by using NPIV. NPIV provides FC switch functions that improve
switch scalability, manageability, and interoperability.
For a list of F_Ports mapped to N_Ports by default, see
For general information and details on using AG, see the AG Administrator's Guide.
The HP B-series Fabric OS features available to the switch depend on whether the switch is
configured in AG or Native mode. For a list of available features for each mode, see the
Access Gateway Administrator's Guide.
In AG mode, cascading is not available for the switch. See the Access Gateway Administrator's
Guide for details on any restrictions.
In Native mode, the switch provides up to 48 external FC ports. These universal self-configuring
ports are capable of becoming one of the following port types:
F_Port (fabric enabled)
FL_Port (fabric loop enabled)
E_Port (expansion port)
M_Port (mirror port)
In AG mode, the switch provides up to 48 external FC ports. However, these ports are
configured as N_Ports; you cannot reconfigure them as any other port type.
The following optional software kits and licenses are available. For more information on these
products see the product QuickSpecs available from the HP website:
HP Advanced Web Tools
Adaptive Networking with QoS
HP Extended Fabrics
HP Enhanced Group Management
For the latest information on supported software components, see the B-series Switches
section of the HP Storage Networking website: http://www.hp.com/go/san.
HP ISL Trunking is optional software that allows you to create trunking groups of ISLs between
adjacent switches. Up to eight FC ports on the HP SN6000B 16Gb FC Switch can be used as a
trunking group to achieve speeds of up to 128 Gb/s (256 Gb/s full duplex) for optimal bandwidth
utilization and load balancing.
For example, the FC ports on the SAN Switch are numbered from left to right and color-coded in
groups of eight to indicate which ports you can combine into trunking groups.
shows the switch with three trunking groups of eight ports.
AG cannot be connected directly to an array; it requires a fabric to support NPIV.
"AG default port mapping" (page
Figure 3 (page 10)