My office is considering migrating our current storage and VMWare infrastructure from iSCSI to FC. I'm not well versed in the storage side of things, and I'm wondering what kind of hardware we need to accomplish this. We aren't a large operation and would only require something fairly entry-level. At present we have 3 SANs, so 6 ports with some room to grow would likely suffice.
I realize we'd replace NICs with HBAs - but otherwise would it be as simple as getting a FC switch to connect the storage to the host servers?
I've looked at the MDS 9124 and the 9222i - are these standalone units that would do the job or are there other components needed?
If we're still connecting the servers to our production LAN with gigabit NIC's, does this kind of upgrade even make sense to do?
Hi, I know you gave some reasons for wanting to migrate to FC, but I think you are going backwards in the evolution of data center storage technology. iSCSI is cheaper, easier to configure and manage (no special skills needed - it runs on Ethernet), and with the advent of 10G, there should really be no issues with performance. There are also switches that provide iSCSI optimization - a sort of QoS for iSCSI. The Dell 8024 10G switch is one of them.
If you think you have a configurations issue, you should really addreess that and not throw away a perfectly good storage solution to go with a technology that is going to cost you more money.