There was a good internal discussion about a customer looking to hook his Virtual Connect Flex-10 modules directly to their HP Storage P4300 iSCSI SAN arrays and acting as a "switch" between the P4300s. The discussion was whether this was possible, a good idea, a bad idea or..??? Could the VC Flex-10 provide "switch" style communication between the 2 SAN arrays?
At least a number of the engineers said you needed to have a layer 2 or layer 3 switch to make it a good solution. And the best advice I think came from Cullen when looking at VC Flex-10 modules and external devices:
The things you need to be aware of if you connect things directly to the Flex10 are:
1. The external devices will not be able to talk to each other via Flex10.
2. The external devices will not be able to talk to anything outside the enclosure via the Flex10.
3. The external devices will only be able to talk to devices in the enclosure within the networks defined for the uplinks.
4. If you connect more than one uplink to an external device, only one of those will be active.
Any experience in this area? What have you tried?