SAN or NAS
Posted on 2004-10-16
I am currently debating whether to implement a SAN or NAS as the primary storage system in our new offices. I have the advantage of starting from scratch so there is no current infrastructure to worry about. My biggest issue is we are a small company ( about 50 people) but we are storing alot of data ( ~1.2tb) We are also merging with another firm with-in the next 3 months. they currently have about 450gb of data. I have been looking at using the HP MSA1500 solution with SATA drives for our back ups and 15k SCSI drives as the main storage drives. we run serveral databases (SQL, as well as a few home grown ones) and we will have atleast one (or maybe even two by 1st Qtr next year) satellite offices which will be running all of our custom financial apps via win 2k3 terminal services. at this point we are strictly a widows shop 2k3 and 2k. Assuming we continue to grow at a healthy rate, i can see us having to scale to over 2tb by next Oct. Is a SAN solution justifiable in this case, or should i build out a seperate high speed network for NAS purposes? I was orginally sold on the SAN idea until i started reading alot of the responses here on EE concerning SAN VS NAS issues. Are Sans really that much more Labor intensive? While i realize that it is not an Apples to Apples conparision, is there a NAS solution that I am overlooking that would be more cost effective and give me the functionality i've described. I've sent an email to EMC describing my situation and still have yet to hear back from them. My total hardware budget for the SAN or Nas buildout is about 35k. Thank you for any and all help, please let me know if i need to give more information to help you form your answers.