01-13-2011 05:04 AM
khurram, you seem to be confused by FC (Fibre Channel) ports and Ethernet optical ports. 2960 have 4 Ethernet Optical ports but absolutely no Fibre Channel ports.
Hope this helps
01-13-2011 06:29 AM
We use Qlogic SANbox 6142 routers to deliver Fibre Channel over IP between Primary and DR sites. Easy to setup and manage.
As everyone has been saying, the confusion is between fibre ports on ethernet switches and fibre ports on fibre channel switches. The different switches run different protocols that are not compatible. Just because the ports look the same and the cables look the same doesn't mean they can be connected together
01-13-2011 09:05 AM
if you use brocade 7800 you will have Up to 16 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports and six 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)and more , with brocade 7500 2x1Gbits ports
FC have 2 meaning
FC Fibre Channel Protocol (protocol)
FC Fiber cable ( transport medium)
you can transport FC (protocol) on a cu-cable without problem
you can too transport Ethernet on FC (cable)
transport FC (protocol) on FC (cable)
at last :
FC (protocol) into ethernet frame entcapsulated and transport over ethernet port on FC (cable) or cu (cable)