I'm looking for some friendly advice on what approach our company should be taking for the 'next level' of storage.
We are about 70 strong company, but very data intensive - Exchange, SQL Servers, etc ...
We run pretty damn good servers here - i've upgraded recently to rackmount DL380's with built-in DAT drives. We always tend to run the latest HP hardware, as a rule.
However, storage always presents a problem ... for example, soon I intend to implement Exchange 'live archiving' tools and I am finding myself shorter and shorter of storage space ... obviously keeping these on RAID5 live servers is going to prove quite expensive !
So what are people using as their big, scaleable, storage solutions for non-live (but accessable) ,archive data etc ... i'm baffled by all the SAN, NAS talk ... but I know that I want something pretty big (200gig+) and scalable. Also, what do you back that lot up on ??
I've had to swallow some pride to ask all these questions - I should know I guess ... but as a SME that's grown from 2 people, you just have to find out about these things as you go along !
So, if anyone here has got any links, advice and pointers, i'll split up the points accordingly.