iSCSI SAN Switch Advice

Hi, we recently purchased a Dell PowerVault MD3200i. I need a little advice on switches for the iSCSI ports. The SAN has two controller cards with each having four private NICs and one public NIC. Working with DELL to configure this (on the phone and via the manual) to use a separate set of subnets for the private NICs and have them segregated onto a separate switch. For redundancy sake (the whole point of a SAN as I see it), I need to have at least two switches and to distribute the eight private NICs to. Can you folks recommend a switch that is not expensive and can handle around 8 or 16 ports. We've already spent a lot on this SAN and don't want to go crazy buying a Cisco switch. I just want two simple switches that will allow them to talk to each other and pass traffic along the four private subnets that will be flowing on them. Thanks in advance for your help.
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We have HP switches handling ours the great thing about HP is the configuration is almost like Cisco.
You are more than likely going to use two ports for iSCSI and two for your data network.
The Vlan your iSCSI is on will need to be set to jumbo frames and you don't want standard traffic on that.
both ports will more than likely be trunked with LACP set to passive then the controller will handle the failover setting the ports to active as desired.
Let me know if you want me to go in to more detail or if I got the wrong end of the request stick :)
OGDITAdminAuthor Commented:
What is the model number of the HP switch?
HP 1810 and probably our smallest one.
Maybe go a bit higher and get the 2520
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OGDITAdminAuthor Commented:
Stolsie, thanks for the recommendation. Can you make multiple VLANs on each switch?
you are welcome.
yeah go mad think you are limited to 255 :)

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