"Razorhog,I'm glad to hear that you're up and running. The Dell VSE RA does show a highly available config with 2-switches ISL'ed together.Also, have you seen the MD3000i + ESX setup guide?http://i.dell.com/sites/content/business/solutions/engineering-docs/en/Documents/md3000i_esx_deploy_guide.pdf If you have further questions, please do post them."
"If you already have an HP 5308XL, IMHO, just get the gigabit module and implement some VLANs for the VMotion and Management. You gain more flexibility and stay with what's already familiar to you in terms of the swtich configuration interface and management tools. Why introduce an extra component if its unnecessary? And besides, the switching capacity on the backplane of the 5308XL beats the crap of the PC5424s anyway, which is really important when doing VMotion. Just my 2 cents."