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IBM DS-Series Storage Systems and Dell PowerEdge Server

IBM DS-Series Storage Systems and Dell PowerEdge Server

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We have a DS4300 and DS3400 Storage System with additional drive enclosures. They were handed to us with no software or HBA. My question is very simple - what model of HBA do I need to operate both the DS4300 and DS3400 in a Dell PowerEdge 2950? I have found a QLogic QLE246x series controller that appears compatible, is this the correct fiber HBA to interface with this Storage System?

Additionally, the units were handed to us without any software or maintenance agreement. Can the Storage Systems be operated without additional software on a Windows Server 2008/2012 R2 PowerEdge 2950?

I have been tasked with bringing this online and IBM has been silent due to it being out of warranty (by two weeks!). Any advice here? Thanks in advance.

Ron Harper

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