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FC SAN array

I am looking to buy an FC array for my test lab.  The main requirement is that I need the ability to 'Boot from SAN'.  I would like to be able to connect 2 servers this way, so they each have their own LUN.

I found one on eBay, but I can't find any documentation on it, and frankly I'm not sure what it's capabilities are.  It says NetApp DS14/DS-14/RS-1400-FC, which is confusing, as which is it a DS14 or an RS-1400-FC?  Here is the link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NetApp-DS14-DS-14-RS-1400-FC-Storage-Disk-Array-Dual-AC_W0QQitemZ200450408202QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2eabc67f0a
 
I have a few QLogic QLA2342 HBA's, so hopefully someone will know if these will see this Array.  Can anyone point me towards a manual for this or at least identify what it's capabilities are?  
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exx1976Commented:
That's a DS14.  It has no capabilities.  It's only a tray of storage that attaches to a NetApp filer head.  Without that, you have no controller, no logic, no intelligence, just a pile of raw storage that has no ability to present itself to a client device.

Keep looking.
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
I note with interest that it appears that it is being sold without any drives. Makes it spectacularly useless.
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B1izzardAuthor Commented:
Thanks for steering me away from that.  Any ideas on a cheap FC array?  Is there anything out there for under $500?   I bought an RA4100, but that won't boot from SAN unfortunately.  This is just for testing, so I don't care how fast it is, just a simple array that I can practice with LUN security and ability to boot from SAN.  Nothing more.
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exx1976Commented:
LOL @ meyersd.


OP - Seriously?  Under $500?  You'd be lucky to score a FC DRIVE for $500.


I don't know.  You MIGHT be able to find an old beat IBM DS4300 on the cheap, but I'd still say ~$2k ish on the CHEAP.  And that won't have any software licenses, so you wouldn't be able to do partitioning or snapshots or LUN cloning..


If your budget for shared storage is seriously only $500, I'd look at some type of iSCSI software like maybe SANMelody from DataCore or something.


Good luck..

-exx
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B1izzardAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  Meyersd - you got an extra 50 for the good chuckle.
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Thanks! Glad I could help.  :-)
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