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SAN setting up with Dell PowerConnect

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I have a Dell Powervault md3000i SAN and I was wondering what do I need to look for in a siwtch. Do I have to a have a dedicated switch for the SAN that is not connected to anything?

can I use an existing switch with VLAN and have the SAN in its own VLAN?
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I'm not entirely familiar with that particular SAN but you want to get a switch that runs at its maximum speed.  So probably Gigabit Ethernet, and don't worry about dedicating a switch to the SAN since switches filter broadcasts and will run at its full network speed. xD

 I wouldn't worry about putting it on a VLAN  unless you are working in a production environment or eager to learn on your own. Assuming your router to the internet has NAT you should be ok but if you want to restrict access to the SAN so it can't reach the internet and the internet can't reach it.  Then you could set it up on its own VLAN with access to only your local computers.  This configuration would take away some of the functionality of the server unless you set up a Solid VPN through a seperate RADIUS Server or dedicated an internet line.

Hope this helps!!!
   -Rick
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other research showed a dedicated switch way to go
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