Brandon Martin<email@example.com> , 31/3/2015 10:07 PM:
I'm not sure where the VDX line ends up in this. It's apparently
somewhat the result of actually merging the two technology lines,
runs somewhat different software as a result.
The VDX was AFAIK already in development before Brocade bought Foundry,
which is further backed up by the fact that in e.g. FlexOptix's
transceiver re-programming tool you have to select a "Brocade Storage"
firmware for those transceivers rather than the "Brocade IP" firmware
used for Foundry-like gear. It is however true that Brocade has since
ported over a lot of Foundry features to the VDX platform.
As for optics: it will work well (read: interface comes up and passes
traffic) with most other-vendor transceivers even if you don't
re-program, but like the Foundry-lineage kit you lose light level
monitoring when the firmware doesn't match.
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