The storage vendor is the place to go. When implementing a SAN, the storage vendor will need to certify all the components connecting to their storage array. This is done to protect YOU, and your data. Connecting the servers to the Symmetrix array will require you to use EMC specific drivers for the HBAs you are using in the servers. You may also be required to use PowerPath if you want to provide for dual connectivity through the fabric. The storage vendor will make sure the revision levels of the HBA firmware, switch firmware, host driver, and array firmware are all to the required specs. The storage vendors also usually service and support the SAN fabric.
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This was first published in November 2003