Looking for a poor man's method of uniting 8 FC connections into some sort of fabric. I'm talking pooooor. Ebay preferably, unless there is a brand new solution for under 300$. I have 4 hosts and 4 SANS, all with 4GB FC HBAs. I have no SAN switch experience, but can learn fast. Currently, all the hosts string together in a nightmarish point-2-point configuration, which requires 3 WWN's per host to see all 3 SANS required.
Is there a licensing aspect to these Brocade SANs that people sell on ebay for under 100$? Some of them come with 8x GBIC adapters on a 16-port (4GB) configuration. Will I be able to activate any of these ports via licensing? Is the documentation pretty straight forward and available on this procedure?