I currently have an HP DL360-G7 server with a P411 SAS controller connected to an HP Storageworks D2600 storage array. The server boots VmWare ESXi 4.1 from its own drives (not from drives in the D2600). The storage array holds a number of VmWare datastores.
In the event of a server failure, would the array run 'as is' using a P411 card in a non-HP server, or is HP server hardware/firmware needed to make the system work as a whole? I am looking at the options for business continuity and the possibility of shutting down the array, moving it to another server and just firing it all up again.
I could buy another compatible HP server but we have a few non-HP units in-house that could be used if the setup's going to work so any insight would be appreciated before I arrange to try it out.