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.