which switches for iSCSI

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Sep 18th, 2008
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Hi there,

I am trying to find a two switches (for redundancy) to suit a VMware ESX environment with three servers and an iSCSI SAN. Each server has 6 gigabit connections and the iSCSI SAN 4 so total of 22 ports. Ideally I'd like 2x 16 port gigabit switches to deal with this scenario. What are my options please?

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satish_zanjurne Thu, 09/18/2008 - 00:39
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Dude !!!

If it R&D setup or production setup follow below guidelines..

1.To connect your hosts in iSCSI, always use GigabitEthernet ports.

2.You can go for Unmanaged switches like Netgear/Dlink.

3.If you want managed switch then use

Cisco Catalyst 2960G-24TC-L

Cisco Catalyst 2960G-48-TC-L

with LAN Base image, as you won't require any configuration.

4.IMP , do not connect iSCSI switch to your production/regular/core network, as it will have lot of broadcasts.

5.Make sure the IP addresses you are using are not used in your production network.

HTH...rate if helpful...

tobiasport Thu, 09/18/2008 - 00:45
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Cheers mate.

Its going to be for production. The servers will be on the main lan on these switches and the iSCSI in a separate VLAN to not have the broadcasts be a problem - does that make sense?

satish_zanjurne Thu, 09/18/2008 - 01:19
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Even that should work!!!

But HOPE you are not trunking iSCSI vlan, out of switch.


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