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Connecting an MSA 1500 to an EVA 4000

What is your opinion about connecting a MSA 1500 and EVA 4000. Should we keep them seperate or, if required, connect them via Fibre Channel switch?

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Without knowing more about your environment and instead of reciting some common generic configuration responses, here are some questions to ponder or to address to come up with a better answer to your question.

  • First, how many servers do you have, and what are you trying to accomplish?
  • Are you looking to connect them to the same or common set of servers via a common Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI SAN or via a NAS gateway?
  • While it is possible to attach an MSA1500 and EVA 4000 via their FC ports to a common FC fabric switch, what are your applications' characteristics, availability and performance requirements?
  • How many servers do you have, and what types of operating systems and applications?
  • How are you currently accessing the MSA1500 and EVA5000 from your servers?
  • This was first published in March 2007

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