Fabric OS v6.4.1 Release Notes v1.0 Page 14 of 62
This section contains information that you should consider before you use this Fabric OS release.
FOS v6.4 is compatible with Brocade’s Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) v10.4 management software.
DCFM is a comprehensive SAN management application that enables end-to-end management of Brocade
Data Center Fabrics. It is the next-generation successor product to legacy Brocade management products
(Brocade Fabric Manager (FM) and Brocade Enterprise Fabric Connectivity Manager (EFCM)).
DCFM 10.4 is available in three editions:
Professional: a fabric management application that is ideally suited for small-size
businesses that need a lightweight management product to manage their smaller fabrics. It
manages one FOS fabric at a time and up to 1,000 switch ports. It provides support for Brocade
FC switches, Brocade HBAs / CNAs, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) / Converged
Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) switches.
• DCFM Professional Plus
DCFM Professional PlusDCFM Professional Plus
DCFM Professional Plus: a SAN management application designed for medium-size businesses or
departmental SANs for managing up to four physical or virtual fabrics (FOS, M-EOS and Mixed
fabrics) and up to 2,560 switch ports. It supports Brocade backbone and director products (DCX-
4S, 48Ks, etc.), FC switches, Fibre Channel Over IP (FCIP) switches, Fibre Channel Routing (FCR)
switches/ Integrated Routing (IR) capabilities, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) / Converged
Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) switches, and Brocade HBAs / CNAs.
• DCFM Enterprise
DCFM EnterpriseDCFM Enterprise
: a management application designed for enterprise-class SANs for managing up
to 24 physical or virtual fabrics and up to 9,000 switch ports. DCFM Enterprise supports all the
hardware platforms and features that DCFM Professional Plus supports, and adds support for the
Brocade DCX Backbone and Fiber Connectivity (FICON) capabilities.
DCFM 10.4 now includes introductory support for FOS switches or fabrics using Administrative Domains (ADs).
These details and more about DCFM’s new enhancements can be found in the DCFM 10.4 Release Notes,
DCFM 10.4 User Guide, and DCFM 10.4 Installation, Migration, & Transition Guide.
EFCM and Fabric Manager Compatibility
With the introduction of DCFM, both EFCM and Fabric Manager (FM) have been put into sustaining mode.
Consequently, neither EFCM nor FM are qualified or supported for management of switches op
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v6.3 and later firmware versions
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v6.3 and later firmware versions. Very basic evaluation has shown that there are significant compatibility
issues between FM and FOS v6.3, including (but not limited to) compromised functionality in the zoning dialog
and performance graphs, port enabling/disabling, and the FICON wizard. Similar issues are anticipated to be
present when managing FOS v6.4 with FM.
FOS v6.4 is qualified and supported only with JRE 1.6.0 Update 16.
• FOS v6.4 is supported with SMI-S agent 120.11.0.
• FOS v6.4 is supported with SMI-S Agent integrated with DCFM 10.4
Fabric OS Compatibility
The following table lists the earliest versions of Brocade software supported in this release, that is, the earliest
supported software versions that interoperate. Brocade recommends using the latest software versions to get
the greatest benefit from the SAN.