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So, I have basically zero experience with SAN. Our current environment at work uses a few UCS chassis out to a fiber interconnect and FC back through the SAN side.

What kind of cheap lab gear would be the most cost effective for setting up a lab SAN?
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Iscsi would be cheap, most sans have iscsi and fc connections. In a lab I would use iscsi to a server instead of fiber unless there is extra equipment you can use. The fc stuff is pricey.
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So, I have basically zero experience with SAN. Our current environment at work uses a few UCS chassis out to a fiber interconnect and FC back through the SAN side.

What kind of cheap lab gear would be the most cost effective for setting up a lab SAN?

What you are writing is a little confusing. iSCSI can be over copper or fiber. The question tho is connection out of the UCS via FiberChannel or just a Fiber connection with IP which would be iSCSI. What is is that fiber interconnect you are referring to, a Catalyst with GBIC's SFP or SFP+, or a Nexus or MDS switch which then goes to the SAN?

Based on that is what you should have your lab mimic. If it is just fiber via iSCSI then you could get a lower cost SAN for testing purposes. FiberChannel will run you a little more depending (unless your fiber iSCSI is running over 40Gb or 100Gb)
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