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advice as to what to stay away from? Who do you believe to have the best solution san solution?
That is way too political a question!
Try to stay away from equipment that is loop only. It's fine to use loops, but just make sure it can be used with a switch if you change your mind about topology in the future. That means the HBA or subsystem controller must implement an NL-port.
Start small, and buy a complete solution that is certified by the vendor. Stick with their recommendations for HBAs and drivers. Then have fun!
There are good solutions from HP, IBM, Compaq, HDS and EMC.
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