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Enterprise Class RAID Direct to 2 Workstation via Fibre Channel

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September 23, 2009 3:13:31 AM

I'm trying to build a modest 16TB SAN without a dedicated server.

Does anyone know if I can run two separate computers into one E-class RAID device directly by fibre channel? I know I can attach ONE computer to the RAID directly but I'm not sure about adding the second. Will a fibre channel switch be required? Obviously adding a separate server and SAN administration software would solve the problem... for an extra $4000.

Just to add to the mix (for all you Apple haters), the workstations are MacPro towers running OS 10.6 going into a Promise V-Trak SATA RAID unit.
September 24, 2009 12:23:20 AM

wildwell said:
I'm trying to build a modest 16TB SAN without a dedicated server.

Does anyone know if I can run two separate computers into one E-class RAID device directly by fibre channel? I know I can attach ONE computer to the RAID directly but I'm not sure about adding the second. Will a fibre channel switch be required? Obviously adding a separate server and SAN administration software would solve the problem... for an extra $4000.

Just to add to the mix (for all you Apple haters), the workstations are MacPro towers running OS 10.6 going into a Promise V-Trak SATA RAID unit.


you should be looking into XserveRaid and a switch or VTrackE-Raid

just checked, on ebay you can fetch a nice one for about $600 (XserveRaid) I'd go for that one.
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