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quick question. Is there a Port-Channel/EtherChannel Link Aggregation equivalent for Fibre Channel? Is it possible to aggregate FC Links for High Availability? For instance if I have two Fabrics and I want a Host with 4 WWPN to have High Availability into each it possible to bond and aggregate 2 WWPN links to each fabric using a similar protocol like LACP or EtherChannel does in the Ethernet world?

Thank you!

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FC doesn't use LAG to achieve link redundancy or aggregation. It uses MultiPath IO (MPIO) to establish multiple logical communications channels and presents them to the storage subsystem as a single device.

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Ok so the Initiator handles this, not the Target? – Jim Aug 21 '13 at 15:28
You need support on both sides. A FC controller that doesn't support MPIO is unlikely unless you're using something REALLY old. MPIO usually requires configuration on the initiator side, or (on Linux) at least paying attention to which device the MPIO mapper attached your LUN to. See… for an example. – longneck Aug 21 '13 at 15:31
Our Cisco MDS and UCS fabric interconnects form port-channels between each other? – SpacemanSpiff Aug 21 '13 at 16:26
So it sounds like the FC Port-Channel is only for inter-switch links? – Jim Aug 21 '13 at 20:19
In standard FC, there is no link bonding. That's a proprietary feature of Cisco FC devices. – longneck Aug 30 '13 at 2:06

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