I've just purchased a bunch of the DS14 MK4 disk shelves online and was unable to get any help from Technical Support or Sales. Is there a physical controller machine that I need to be able to use the disk shelves or can they be used as standalones? Additionally I was unable to find out the model of the Fibre Optic transcievers needed to connect these up.
If anyone could point me in the direction of any more information on how I can get these things going would be fantastic. My intent is to use these as a vmware datastore.
Normally you would connect them to a controller of some sort, then the controller would use them to store data, and the controller would arbitrate access to them. There is a controller that fits in the DS14 - the FAS250. Both the FAS250 and DS14 are pretty old.
So.. I'm going to assume that you won't be using these in production - they can be used as JBOD devices with Linux or BSD - just google "ds14 jbod" for instructions, but then you don't get the benefits of ONTAP.