EMC Clariion KLE, cables and controller for server

Posted on 2011-05-03
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I just got a used EMC Clariion KLE storage array.  No cables or controller card for the server.  I am trying to figure out what I need to hook it up to my Dell PowerEdge 2950.

Here's some pics...  
Question by:Daeta42
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can you tel me wich familly is ? CX4 ? AX ? FAST ?..

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All I see is they "Type:  KLE"  No other discerning marks on it to tell me what it is...  No real model number either...  Unless I need to crack open the box to find different part numbers...
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You need a High Speed Serial Data Connector (HSSDC) to connect Fibre Channel connection to a storage processors or additional DAEs. The DAE2 does not support cables shorter than 1 meter or longer than 10 meters. Distances greater than 1 meter require equalized cables; unequalized
1-meter cables are adequate.

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Do you have a storage processor? (which this connects to!)
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No this item needs to be connected to a Storage Processor, something like a CX700. You cannot connect it directly to a server.
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then you use Fibre Cards in your server, like the one you've highlighted to connect to the Storage Processor, which connects with High Speed Serial Data Connector (HSSDC) cables to what you have the KLE.
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What you have is a disk enclosure which is controlled by the storage processor, which manages the disks, and connects to your server.

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You server could also connect to a storage processor via ethernet and iSCSI.
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So in answer to your question,

I am trying to figure out what I need to hook it up to my Dell PowerEdge 2950.

You need the following items

two (2) High Speed Serial Data Connector (HSSDC) cables
one (1) Storage Processor (SP), CX300 or CX500 or CX500i or CX700
two (2) fibre channel cards for server (1) minimum
two (2) fibre cables (1) minimum

or if you pick and iSCSI Storage Processor, software iSCSI initiator, over 1GB ethernet

Author Comment

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Aren't the first 2 pictures the Storage Processor?  

There are 2 inside the enclosure...  With a total of 4 connectors coming out in the HSSDC style connector...  

so I really just need:
2 HSSDC cables
2 Fiber Channel Cards for Server  (W/ the HSSDC connector)

and the same if I wanted to hook up a second server to the storage array....
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you have two DAEs, Disk Array Enclosures that have HSSDC connectors.

the HSSDC connectors are used to connect DAEs together and Storage Processors in a loop, you then connect servers to a fibre channel switch, which connects to a Storage Processor.

You don't connect the HSSDC to servers.
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Accepted Solution

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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if you look at the top picture there is a label bar code which says


This is a Disk Array Enclosure - DAE

The EMC CLARiiON CX-ATA-DAE is a 15 Slot Disk Enclosure that allows you to expand your EMC CLARiiON CX storage array with additional disk capacity.

This is the ATA version, because there is also a Fibre Channel Disk version (FC).

it's just a dump disk array enclosure.

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Thank you!

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