Posted on 2005-04-26
We're a small forensic engineering company, curently running W2K servers and storing our data on a 2TB SATA array we built last year. We are thinking about providing better redundancy/100% up time for the files and have started requesting pricing on mirrored RAID5 solutions of 4-6 TB. Apple has a nice looking solution using two XServe RAID boxes connected to a dual core G5, however the G5 is still a single point of failure for accessing the data.
My own experience with clustering, well.. beyond whatever I've had to learn to pass different tests over the years I've never even touched a cluster of servers. Might anyone have thoughts on an 'entry' ( stop laughing! ) level cluster/SAN solution? I could cobble one together here by building another 2TB array( the one we built ran us $5200 a year ago including a basic W2K Server license ) and having a Windows Server mirror them but the Co President usually prefers brand name solutions with same day service, yada yada. I've been Googling about and find that the terminology on SAN vs NAS is inconsistent and that almost nobody speaks of clustering the file servers to allow for a failure there.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.