The demo box that I have from EMC does not have the fiber channel mez card in it, but last week I did get a chance to configure a VNXe3200 with direct attached fiber channel hosts for the first time (customer install). I must say that the process was stupid simple.
Unfortunately I was not smart enough to grab screenshots during the install, but I will try to explain it as best I can without them.
Overall the installation couldn’t have been easier, I plugged in each VMware host to each controller, power up the san, initialized it and provisioned my storage pools just like normal. Then I powered on the VMware hosts and made sure they would see the VNXe’s “0-byte” LUN. Once I seen that I knew I was in pretty good shape. I double checked the initiators tab in Unisphere and sure enough it seen each of the WWN’s from the fiber channel cards in the hosts.
After creating some VMware Datastores in Unisphere It allowed me to give access to each of the VMware hosts, the same as it would if they had been iSCSI attached.
Overall the whole installation took about 4 hours from the time I started unboxing the SAN, until I was migrating data from teh existing Dell MD3000 sas attached array to the new VNXe3200 Fiber Channel attached array. As far as performance, it was being limited by the Dell MD3000, but we were seeing as much as 200-300MB/s.
Definitely a great experience installing this config and look forward to doing it a bunch in the future!