EMC AX150 SAN questions

I have some questions regarding the purchase of an EMC AX150.  

1.  I already have a Brocade 3200 switch and QLogic QLA2342 HBA's.  The HBA's are 2GB, and so is the AX150.  Anyone know of any problems with compatibility if I were to use all these components together?

2.  I am looking at buying a used AX150.  Are there generally any problems with re-registering it and/or transferring ownership with EMC?  I need access to the Navisphere Express, SnapView and other downloads.

3.  I read that you must purchase Power Path.  Is this true?  If so, anyone know the ballpark cost on this?

Thanks!
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
>1.  I already have a Brocade 3200 switch and QLogic QLA2342 HBA's.  The HBA's are 2GB, and so is the AX150.  Anyone know of any problems with compatibility if I were to use all these components together?
No problems there. Make sure you download and install the EMC AX-specific HBA firmware and BIOS from here: http://driverdownloads.qlogic.com/QLogicDriverDownloads_UI/OEM_Product_List.aspx?oemid=284

2.  I am looking at buying a used AX150.  Are there generally any problems with re-registering it and/or transferring ownership with EMC?  I need access to the Navisphere Express, SnapView and other downloads.
Good question - you'll almost certainly need to register and take out a maintenance contract to get full access to software and support: https://powerlink.emc.com/nsepn/webapps/pii797msccbau241/clariionax/registration.do?command=regpage&pid=AX150&redirect=true

3.  I read that you must purchase Power Path.  Is this true?  If so, anyone know the ballpark cost on this?
Unlicensed PowerPath is free - you get failover but no path balancing. For what you're doing that should be fine.
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B1izzardAuthor Commented:
If I'm understanding you correctly, you have to have a maintenance contract to download Navisphere, Snapview, and Powerpath?   Any idea what the cost is?  I'm assuming registering only allows you to utilize the hardware warranty since you don't get software?

This is actually for a customer, not my test lab, so if you know the cost of PowerPath with load balancing off the top of your head, then if I need to contact them to purchase, at least I know if I'm getting ripped.  Thanks!
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Navisphere Express and SnapView are bundled with the array and should already be on it if its a second-hand unit. If its a new array, the warranty details should give you access to all the necessary downloads.

PowerPath licenses are tiered on the number of host processors (1-2, 2-7 and 8+ IIRC). It's not bruisingly expensive. I'm on the other side of the world from you so any indicative pricing I could provide is likely to be wildly inaccurate, I'm afraid.
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B1izzardAuthor Commented:
Thank you sir.
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Thanks! Glad I could help.
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B1izzardAuthor Commented:
Sorry to bug you, but I finally bought an AX150 and am setting it up.  The QLA2342 driver link you sent only shows drivers for the QLA2340, which is a single port, where my 2342 is dual port.  You said that these were AX specific drivers.  Do I have to get one of the HBA's in the list to get the SAN to be seen, or can I run the 2340 update on the 2342?   Thanks.

 http://driverdownloads.qlogic.com/QLogicDriverDownloads_UI/OEM_Product_List.aspx?oemid=284
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
The 2340 and  2342 use the same chipset (ISP2312 IIRC) so they use the same driver
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B1izzardAuthor Commented:
Just realized I goofed.  I meant to say BIOS not driver.  Do you think the BIOS for the 2340 would work on the 2342?  
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Sure will. No problem at all.
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B1izzardAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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