We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.
Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
It's perpetual licensing and maintenance is a recurrent cost.
SAN is highly critical component (actually, i'm not sure is there's something more critical than it), so my recommendation is to have your own trained and experienced staff, who will work with the partner or SAN vendor directly before purchase. Only in this case the choice of the topology, models, configurations and licenses will fit to your organisation's infrastructure.
Pricing is almost the same for most vendors.
If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco MDS Series, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?