Good day to all,
I work for a school and a teacher donated two of these units:
Manufacturer: Dell EMC
15x 146GB drives
Fibre channel speed: 15K 2/4Gb
Dims: 15"(D) x 18.525"(W) x 5.125"(H)
P/N: 100-562-126 (2)
In our school I work with HP hardware but we welcome all donations to our school. Since our budget is low I doing some ebay research on how to make these two EMC enclosures work, so my questions are:
I see two connector per controller that looks like a CX4 connector. Are they?
Are each of those CX4 connectors 4Gbit/s each (for a total of 8Gbit per controller) or 2Gbit/s each (for a total of 4Gb per controller)?
Im planning to get a second hand 4Gbit FC switch and connect the EMC and the Servers to that switch. Instead of using fiber cables, can I use those CX4-like connectors? I will need to get the Gbics of course.
Can I get HBAs that I can use with direct attach cables?
If someone can recommend a cheap ebay fiber switch, server nics and gbics, please let me know.
My findings so far:
LOT 6 - HP Emulex LPE1150 4Gb HBA FC PCI-e 397739-001 HBA - LONG BRACKET
Cables to connect the EMC to the SAN switch
each cable operates at 2Gbit.
Cables to connect the servers to the FC switch
direct attach cables.
P/N: 100-562-126 is the link control card for DAE3P, so it should be a DAE3P disk enclosure. You can search other P/Ns by yourself on EMC PCD (Parts Compatibility Database): https://alliance.emc.com/PCDPartners/pl.asp
How many servers do you have? You don't have to buy a SAN switch if you have only one or two servers. You can connect them just like a DAS (direct-attached storage).
The part numbers of CX4 SFP should be 019-078-032 (1/2/4G) or 019-078-042 (2/4/8G). You can search their P/N directly on eBay.
BTW, only a DAE can not boot itself. You also need a CX3 or CX4 SPE (Storage Processor Enclosure).
Hi Roger, this is what it was donated to us.
Currently we want to connect 4 servers, potentially 6.
Thanks in advance for your help.
You also need a CX3 or CX4 SPE (Storage Processor Enclosure), with its Vault disks (the storage OS resides in the first five disks of the first DAE).
Can you show me a picture of what are you telling me? I am not familiar with EMC.
as far as pictures, this is the front of the unit.
CX3-80 and CX4-960 might be too much high-end, CX3-10 or CX4-120 should be enough for you. For the information about Vault disks and its operating system (called FLARE), you can refer to my previous posts:
Interesting, so you are saying that I have the hard disks units but i do not have the "brains" unit? and the brains unit is what you are showing me in those pictures.
Yes. you can refer to the EMC whitepaper for the details:
One SPE, one DAE and on SPS (standby battery) is the minimum configuration:
Also please mark my answers as "correct/helpful" if it helps. Thanks.