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HP P2000 G3 iSCSI and MSA2040 FC - Inquiry on Compatible Switch

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HP P2000 G3 iSCSI and MSA2040 FC - Inquiry on Compatible Switch

Hi to all,

Currently, we have 4 sets of P2000 G3 iSCSI 10GbE and 2 sets of MSA2040 FC 16Gb. All of these equipment are connected directly to a server, HP ProLiant DL580 G7. We don't have any switch in between. At first, we only designed this with just a server and a set of storage. However, as the system demanded large storage capacity, we expanded by adding new set of storage equipment, not anticipating the need for switch.

Now, as we are planning to avail switches to make the design more robust. Since our storage equipment consist of different connection protocols (FC & iSCSI), we are looking for a HP switch that can accommodate both protocols.

Can someone recommend which model should we avail to cater our needs? If there are no model that suits our requirement, we will be opting to buy separate switches for iSCSI and for FC. Which models can we use if we go with the 2nd option?

(Sorry for not so good english.)

Thanks... :)

Steven Clementi
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Re: HP P2000 G3 iSCSI and MSA2040 FC - Inquiry on Compatible Switch

Well... you can start here...

Look for the multipurpose/converged models for your first option.

The question you need to ask yourself is... how many Fibre ports are needed now and lets say 1 year from now... and how many LAN ports re needed now... and lets says 1 year fro now.

The last thing to consider is the fact that you have 6 entry level storage arrays.  Perhaps it is time to think about getting an expandable replacement for them... something that can be grown beyond the capabilities of an individual MSA without investing in new controllers every time you either reach the max config.

Also worth checking into... is the configuration on each MSA.  You can add addition disk shelves to each unit expanding capacity per array... if you have not done that yet.


For option 2, the "entry level" hardware is probably sufficient as well, but you still need to ask the questions... how many ports now, how many more in the future... etc.


Steven Clementi
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