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Network configuration/capability


I have a question about the S300 and S550....specifically, why does the 'lower model' S300 have 4 NICs whereas the S550 have only 2?

It seems to me that, using the S550, I cannot do what I want with only 2 NICs. That is:

1. Keep iSCSI traffic separate from the main network by using a separate subnet/vlan

2. Be able to manage the S550 from the main network

3. Configure the 2 NICs in a fault-tolerant fashion

That is, I could do 1 and 2 by specifying e0a and e0b with different addresses but that would preclude 3. Or I could do 3 but I would have to have the management network the same as the iSCSI network.

Am I right or have I missed something?





I completely agree that the 2 NICs on 550 and 4 NICs for the 300 is totally backward. I believe that there is a an PCI add in card that can be ordered for the S550 and S500, to add 2 more NIC. Hey you bought the more expensive unit, you should have extra money to buy add-ons that should have been part of the original package, sheesh... call your reseller or NetApp. If you do please post the price because I am looking to do the same thing for my S500's


I'm aware of the ability to add a scsi card but not of the option to add 2 more NICs. I have a Netapp price list in my possession (albeit for an S500 not an S550) and there is no mention of such an option on the list.....


I appears that I am wrong. I could have sworn that I saw a parts list that had a dual nic card for the S550. Please look at the 8-22-2008 on this blog. http://blogs.netapp.com/the_view_from_drew/


Thanks for that Nicholas



That card is an obvious add-on but we've not been able to get one qualified that has had a reasonable life span. I'm sorry but I'll let you know when it is available.



Thank you for the response. If or when a dual NIC add-in card becomes available do you know if it will be compatible for the S500 and S550. I have S500's so that is what I care about more.



If and when it comes out, it is planned to be available on both models.




To be honest it it rather poor that NetApp havign now taken over the storevault side of things can;t getthe network card validated. IN my opinion the s500 should have had 4 gigabit ports in the first place purely for the reasons that others have stated i.e. redudancies, failover and better throughput.


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