S e n d d o c u m e n t a t i o n c o m m e n t s t o m d s f e e d b a c k - d o c @ c i s c o . c o m
FCIP uses TCP as a network layer transport.
For more information about FCIP protocols, refer to the IETF standards for IP storage at
http://www.ietf.org. Also refer to Fibre Channel standards for switch backbone connection at
This section includes the following topics:
To configure IPS modules or MPS-14/2 modules for FCIP, you should have a basic understanding of the
FCIP and VE Ports
(ISLs) and Cisco's extended ISLs (EISLs).
FCIP virtual E (VE) ports behave exactly like standard Fibre Channel E ports, except that the transport
in this case is FCIP instead of Fibre Channel. The only requirement is for the other end of the VE port
to be another VE port.
A virtual ISL is established over an FCIP link and transports Fibre Channel traffic. Each associated
virtual ISL looks like a Fibre Channel ISL with either an E port or a TE port at each end (see
Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI Configuration Guide
Fibre Channel SANs Connected by FCIP
FCIP Concepts, page 40-2
FCIP High-Availability Solutions, page 40-4
Ethernet PortChannels and Fibre Channel PortChannels, page 40-7
FCIP and VE Ports, page 40-2
FCIP Links, page 40-3
FCIP Profiles, page 40-4
FCIP Interfaces, page 40-4
describes the internal model of FCIP with respect to Fibre Channel Inter-Switch Links
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