Time and effort to configure network interface on SAN devices is well worth the investment
Most devices in a SAN have some sort of network interface for remote management (e.g., FC to SCSI routers/bridges and FC switches). Even though the documentation concerning the setup and configuration is often lacking, the time and effort to configure them is well worth the investment.
Once configured the SAN devices can be viewed and in most cases, managed remotely. A simple telnet session to the device can yield status/performance information or allow the device to be gracefully rebooted. This functionality in an FC to SCSI bridge also allows the non-networkable devices such as SCSI disk enclosures and tape libraries to be viewed indirectly.
This was first published in March 2001