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Ciena 6500 and Nexus 7706 with F3-Series 48 port line card not talking

Question asked by oellington on Mar 16, 2018
Latest reply on Mar 19, 2018 by hausmus

We are a CIsco shop, and we are in the process of getting a pair of 6500's installed at each of our data centers.  We are having issues getting 40GbE and 10GbE connectivity.  We have:


Cisco Nexus

  • (2) F3-Series 48 port 10 gigabit and (2) F3-Series 24 port 40 gigabit line cards installed in 4 Nexus 7706 chassis (2 per data center).
  • SFP-10G-SR and QSFP-40G-SR4-S optics


Ciena 6500

  • (2) Ciena 6500 7-slot chassis per data center
  • NTTP86AA (10GbE) and 160-9503-900 (40GbE) optics


The installer tested connectivity between sites using his test pack, and 40GbE, 10GbE, and 8GB fibre channel testing was successful. When we went to connect our clients (Nexus), the amber lights on the Nexus line cards turned off, but didn't switch to green showing a connection.  The amber light on the Ciena line card went off denoting a connection.  There's not much on the Ciena that can be changed from a configuration standpoint.  On the Nexus interface, we have hard coded speed, used AUTO -- we are stumped.  We're starting to think that there's an SFP/XFP incompatibility.  


Community thoughts?


Thank you,

Owen Ellington