2016-09-05 11:20 AM
I just purchased (2) NetApp DS14MK4 and also (2) Brocade 5000 32 port 4GB Switch.
I am brand new to setting up FC connection, after reading all over the internet I see a lot about "filer" (Ex: FAS3170). Do I have to puchase a "FAS3170" in order to make my NetApp DS14MK4 disk array work? Or can I simply use a custom made server running Windows Server 2012 R2. And just a bunch of 4GB FC port cards as needed?
I plan on having 2 Databases Servers (custom made). They will run Windows Server 2012 R2, 128GB RAM, SSD for OS each. I believe I would then need to add (2) Dual FC cards 4GB to each server. (I could be wrong about that, I am not 100% sure on the wire diagram to make this all work.
So basically to be clear, is a FAS3170 or some other model required in order to make "NetApp DS14MK4" work properly? Or can I simply use my custom server to attached the "NetApp DS14MK4" with the approiate FC cards attached to custom server?
Any replies would be very helpfull.
2016-09-06 12:54 PM
2016-09-06 01:10 PM
Thank you for your response. With that being said, can someone install Server 2012 R2 onto a FAS3170 or do you have to use their Data ONTAP. Do you know of any pre-made used Disk array models that could be used in my setup that will allow RAID and not just JBOD.
I originally was going to basically build 2 new computers and just put 16 disk in each with a high power raid card and FC cards. Is that an option?
2016-09-06 01:48 PM
Once I connect the disk array to my 2012 R2 Server via FC, can I use the software raid that Windows Server includes to create a Raid 5 within the disk array? That was my plan. I understand if you are unsure about this.
2016-09-06 09:27 PM