I run an HP 3000/996 machine, MPE/iX and HP-FL disk array storage on board. The problem is that I can't move up to Version 6.5 of the OS because the FL card isn't supported. How can SAN help? HP-type storage is not in the scope because the server itself will go RIP in 2006 anyway.
MPE/iX 6.5 Exp. 2 and MPE/iX 6.5 include support for the XP512 and XP48 disk subsystems. The connection to these storage arrays would be via FC-SW instead of FC-AL as your original storage is accessed. All the functionality like data replication, snapshots, etc. would be available to you on these storage arrays. All you need is a new host bus adapter and off you go.
These storage arrays also support every other operating system and platform out there so they can be used on your new servers when the HP box goes RIP.
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This was first published in June 2002