So. You’re about to buy that EqualLogic SAN you’ve been dreaming about…probably through us, so that makes it even better. Remember, the one you saw on our Self-Service EqualLogic Pricing…?
Now, you’re faced with a tough question: Do I put my new EqualLogic iSCSI SAN on a separate VLAN or subnet or do I put it on its own network…? Hmmm…good question, so let’s take a look at some conditions that might drive you decision.
First, let’s take a look at your applications. Are the applications going onto your new EqualLogic SAN considered mission-critical? Is there already enough traffic on the network where adding iSCSI traffic might pose an unneeded demand? Are the data network switches on your network pretty old or not wire speed?
This might be a good indication that you should probably buy a switch that will be dedicated to your new EqualLogic SAN. There’s a few things you need to make sure your new network switch has if you’re going to maximize your EqualLogic SAN investment:
- Must have Flow Control
- Must support Jumbo Frames
- Must be standards-based
- Should be “iSCSI optimized”
- Should have prioritization (802.1q/p) and / or as many priority queues as you need
If you’re looking for a good-quality switch, then I’d recommend the Dell PowerConnect…they come in different flavors – both Gigabit and 10GigE, and they normally start at about $1,000. You can find them through EqualLogic pricing in our Self-Service EqualLogic Pricing website…just go to EqualLogic Miscellaneous section and you’ll see a few options.
Or, if you don’t have the money, you can always try to use your own existing data network switches. Heck, as long as they have all of the above features you should be good to go. But, hey, why not just buy a Dell PowerConnect along with that EqualLogic SAN…? The main reason: The colors will match and your iSCSI SAN will both shine with that Dell logo. Heck, that in and of itself should be reason enough…plus you’ll look cool buying that pure Dell solution. You know you want to…