Stage IX: FibreChannel for all
I completed the project Stage VIII: Two Different Datacenters a few weeks ago.
I am running Windows 8.1 using BootCamp onto my 27" iMac in conjunction with a 27" Thunderbolt Display.
I decided to upgrade my workstation iMac with 10GbE and FibreChannel....
Once again I used the same Sonnet Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion like in Stage IV. I got two Expansions for my workstation. The iMac has two Thunderbolt ports available, the first one is used by a Sonnect Echo Express Expansion in a daisy-chain with a 256GB Thunderbolt Lacie SSD. I installed a FusionIO 640GB Duo Flash Drive and an Brocade 1020 10GbE CNA inside this Expansion.
The second port is connected to the Thunderbolt Display and then using again a daisy-chain with the second Thunderbolt Expansion. I installed a QLogic 4Gbit FibreChannel Adapter inside the second Expansion unit.
I have added the second FusionIO 640GB Duo Flash Drive from my Nexenta Storage inside the second expansion unit, too.
I got a 10GbE ethernet connection at my workstation, 2 FusionIO flash cards and FibreChannel. Should be enough for today..
After using FibreChannel from my workstation, I searched for a solution to use it for my MacBooks too. I found it at Promise: The SAN-Link is a Thunderbolt to 4Gbit FibreChannel Interface:
Very cool.... I can use a FibreChannel LUN to Backup my two MacBooks (11" Air and 15" Pro) with TimeMachine. 400MB/s Backups are really nice. The WWN is bound to the Adapter, so when I plug in the adapter into my MacBooks the same LUN is mounted into OS X. TimeMachine will create two different Datasets for Backup on the same LUN.
Central Storage Upgrade:
After using FibreChannel for all of my devices at home, I am running out of capacity after a short perid of time.....
I upgraded my custom build central storage with another 4 x 1TB hard disks and replaced the chassis with a bigger one.
SAN Switch Upgrade:
After attaching all my devices via FibreChannel my Brocade SAN switch had no more available ports. Only 8 ports of my 16 port switch are licensed. I searched for a license upgrade, but I can´t get one for a good price. One of my colleagues had an EMC labeled Brocade switch, which he did not use anymore....
So I upgraded the firmware of the EMC labeled Brocade 200E and I got a 16 port FibreChannel 4Gbit SAN switch for my HomeLab. Should be enough ports for a "small" HomeLab.
This is Stage IX: FibreChannel for all
After finishing these projects at home, I already had new ideas in mind. Read the next Stage X: HomeLab Expansion.