Which SAN to choose? ISCSI or Fibre Channel? NetApp, Lefthand, Equallogic
Posted on 2006-07-18
I am looking to do some server consolidation. I have approx. 10 Windows Servers (Exchange, SQL, Citrix) that I plan to virtualize using VMware ESX Server. My plan is to have the VMs reside on a new SAN, but there are alot of choices out there. Since I plan to have approx. 5 VMs on each physical server ( (2) HP DL385 w/ 8 GB RAM) I wonder if iSCSI is a good idea. I know that you can get TOE cards, but they arent much cheaper than Fibre HBA. Here are what some of my vendors are suggesting:
1. Equallogic PS100E
2. Lefthand NSM 160 (Stack of 3)
3. NetApp FAS 270c (This will allow Fibre and iSCSI)
I like the idea of attaching my two ESX Servers directly to the NetApp SAN with Fibre...
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.