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What switches are you guys using for iscsi

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by dales, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    I'm just in the process of shopping around for switches to connect up a vnxe with virtualization hosts (not sure whether the business will want vsphere or xenserver yet, I'm happy with either), and I'm just wondering what switches you guys have installed out in the wild for the host to storage connections.

    I've got a limited experience with the switch selection as my previous company used FC at the main site and netgear gs605's at a branch office.

    As there will only be 2 hosts connected to the storage (at present) what would you guys recommend, I was thinking maybe a cisco sg300, or dell 54xx anything really that supports jumbo frames and maybe trunking for good measure.
     
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    ThomasMc Gigabyte Poster

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    We had some Netgear GS724TS left from an older project that are being used, originally this was only suppose to be a stop gap but to be fair they run perfectly well and cover all the feature required so haven't even looked and changing them yet lol and they are 50/50 so if one dies we just carry on :D

    Just to add avoid the Cisco Small Business Switches as they are awful
     
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  3. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    2 of those would be quite good as we already use netgear as production switches, I was just wondering about performance thats all as our branch office only had about 6 vm's running off the gs605's and they were fine but for my new companies production main network I wanted to get ones that can perform and mostly grow with the company.

    My plan was to get the vnxe with dual sp's and have 2 switches so each sp connects to both switch, and both hosts connects to both switch which should give me as much redundancy as I can reasonably expect in our network. Sounds exactly like what you've done.

    I did briefly think about das so connecting the host directly into the sans sp's but I think that will actually be more complicated in the long run and not quite so scalable.
     
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    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    HP 2810's mate
     
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  5. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    thanks craigie keep the suggestions comming I'll have a look at them all.
     
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    ThomasMc Gigabyte Poster

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    No probs Dale, performance wise they are pretty sweet and stack well with there HDMI switching interface downside is the damn fracking web GUI


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    woohoo I got my first "Like" LOL
     
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  7. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    You can have another one for the battlestar reference!
     
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    Procurve 8212ZL here. Due for replacement shortly (well, redeployment as a failover) due to issues we're having with firmware on it. Moving to the newer version (same model) with 10Gb trunk between them for redundancy. up until the last few months, no issues at all with it (and those issues are related to the old-arse firmware we're running)
     
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  9. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    I run the GS724TS at home and I love it, just make sure you do upgrade both firmwares and then it's good to go.
     
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