We have a client that has an Exchange 2000 server that runs on a Compaq Proliant ML370. They are running low on space on the RAID 5 Array, and there is no room for any more drives in the chassis itself. The RAID 5 Array is made up of 5 18GB 10K RPM SCSI Drives and 1 36GB 10K RPM Drive, for a total usable space of 86803MB.
Now I need to add drive space since we are getting dangerously close to this amount. I am considering adding an external Drive Array OR possibly switching all the drives for bigger ones and expanding the array that way. I wanted to get some input on this, and see what ideas others may be able to come up with for me- maybe something I havent thought of.
RAID Controller is a Compaq SMART Array 431 RAID Controller. All the drives attached are 10K SCSI drives. There is also an integrated Dual Channel Wide ULTRA2 SCSI controller in the system.
Downtime is also a concern- this is a highly utilized server and needs to be available as much as possible. Obviously some downtime is inevitable, but a rebuild seems a little daunting with the whole company of over 600 users breathing down my neck...
Please let me know soon- we need to move on quoting and starting this project!