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HP blade center c-3000 + adding SAN and server

Hello we have a HP Blade Center c-3000. It includes the following.
2 servers and 2 storage blade and two 1 GB ENET PASS THRU MOD opt kit  (part number is
406740-b21)

We are not a big fan of the storage blades and we would like to add a HP SAN and a new HP rack server (good old rack servers).  We do not want to use iscsi we want to use cables.

I have looked at this page http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/interconnects/index.html 

Any ideas? What do we need to buy to make all the SAN, Blade and rack servers communicate?
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Two options if you don't want to use iSCSI,

Fibre Channel, I'd stick to Brocade, HP B-series AJ820B 8/12c blade switch, in bay 3 (or 3+4 for redundancy) and use Emulex HBA although you could use Qlogic or Brocade.

SAS, you'd be stuck with HP P2000 MSA with ASS interconnect as shared storage since that's all that's supported, HP do a blade SAS switch for SAS interconnectivity so you're not limited to just 4 hosts as you would be in a non-blade situation. Again use bay3 or 3+4 and mezz1.
Oh, just thought. You don't mean to use a HP server as the shared storage do you? That would be limited to iSCSI unless you used expensive software and also not be redundant, normally you would use a dual controller SAN storage box, e.g. P2000 G3 although with FC you could use just about anything.
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No i want to use a DL 380 and a HP SAN.

Great we are really interested in using a SAN with SAS connector.
Like the D2700.


What should we buy for the BLADE chassis and what is the downside?
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Great thx for the input i love it :-) Btw we since we have the storage blades we can use the disk that are in them right?  Btw is that SAN not outdated ? Just wondering. We have delivered those SANS using iscsi before 1GB speed.

Is it 10GB compliant or can it become? Im just wondering.  But this is for SAS 6b usage.
Disks from storage blades would be fine but the new ones use the new caddies so you may need 3rd party caddies, depends on model of storage blades.

P2000 G3 SAS came out middle of 2011 I think but still 6Gb SAS so pretty up to date, there is a 10Gb iSCSI version so you could use that with 10Gb blade switches plus 10Gb mezzanine cards, I think 2 lanes are connected for the SAS version so 12Gb rather than 6Gb but disks aren't that fast anyway.

You can upgrade the G1 or G2 to G3, just replace the controllers with the new ones. Probably will be the same for the G4 when it comes out.
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Fantastic Andy.  Thank you so much. Have a great day.