You can permanently remove bridge port extenders (BPEs) from existing Extended Edge
To remove a BPE:
Disconnect both connections for the BPE. The ring enters the severed
Connect the two disconnected ports together. The ring does not re-form at this
Unconfigure the removed BPEs from the topology using the procedure in Removing Bridge Port Extenders from Slot Assignments.
Configuring a new VPEX port/slot in a ring destroys the ring, and
changes the configured cascades that formed it. For the new cascades, one ends
where the new slot/BPE was added and the other ends at the next BPE that is
connected to the cascade with the new slot/BPE.