The intent of this document is to provide guidance for optimizing an IP SAN environment utilizing the Dell MD3200i storage array. The best practices within this document are recommendations to provide a fault tolerant, high-performance environment to maximize the capabilities of an MD3200i SAN. The recommendations may be applied according to the requirements of the environment in which the installed storage array or arrays are utilized, and not all best practices may be applicable to all installations. The best practices in this paper are focused on Dell Inc. technology-based solutions.