I have a shiny, new D2600 storage array with 6 x 2TB disks fitted, together with the licence pack that allows me to configure this all as a RAID 6 array. A few questions for you:
1) The array has two SAS controllers - can these be connected to two separate servers for fault tolerance and dual-access? One server has a P411 array controller and I have a P600 I could fit into a second.
2) As far as I can see, the BIOS-based config utility in the P411 controller will only let me create a single, RAID 6 LUN. Is it possible to setup a RAID 6 array and then divide the available storage into multiple LUNs? Specifically, this is so I can create several 2TB datastores for VMware ESXi.
If this is not possible, what options are worth considering to make all this storage available for ESXi - for example I have read elsewhere about using a separate server (in a VM?) to make the array available via iSCSi or NFS.
3) If I setup the Array on the P411 controller and then connect it later to the P600, will the P600 see it properly and allow correct access? I am thinking of the option to have the P600 card in a 'standby server' that can run the array if the main server croaks.
Any pointers or guidance appreciated.