I am contemplating building a SAN for experimentation purposes only. I have a few questions regarding this, such as:
1. Are SAN's always fibre?
2. If fibre is not required, what is the cheapest possible way to make a functional SAN with or without RAID? I plan on connecting 2 servers running W2K3 with Exchange 2k3.
3. I read that you need 2 NIC's per server. I'm assuming 1 for the LAN, and 1 for the SAN. Is it possible to connect the SAN cable from each server to a switch, and then connect the switch to a disk array in some fashion?
I don't care if the 'storage array' is just one disk, as long as it works.