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Registered: ‎02-15-2011

Connect a blade to two SANs

Hi,

I have a HP blade system with its two Brocade 4/12 internal switches. I need to connect its servers to two different SANs (each one is made from a couple of Brocade switches).

What's the best approach?

Virtual fabrics should be very useful but they are not available on this hardware

Regular Contributor
Posts: 178
Registered: ‎04-21-2008

Re: Connect a blade to two SANs

Hi -

you should consider using Access Gateway mode on embedded switches.  You'll be able to connect to several SANs without merge and as well map each internal blade port to the SAN you want to access.

Have a look at Access Gateway Admin guide and you'll see it's very easy to configure and administer.

Hope this helps

Kind regards,

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david

New Contributor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎02-15-2011

Re: Connect a blade to two SANs

It seems interesting

I will give a read as soon as possible. Thank you

Super Contributor
Posts: 635
Registered: ‎04-12-2010

Re: Connect a blade to two SANs

The biggest advantage of AccessGateway Mode is that a server admin can not cause major Fabric Rebuild EVENT in your SANs by a power off action on the Bladecenter.

Andreas

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Registered: ‎02-15-2011

Re: Connect a blade to two SANs

In the limit case I have a limited number of blades, the internal switch can be configured almost as a pass-through module.

Access Gateway was a perfect solution for my problem, thank you

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