We are thinking of purchasing a storage solution for our office. At this point we are thinking about getting a XServe Raid System from Apple. The Xserve Raid by apple seems to be a SAN.(is it ?). Also, someone has suggested that we go with a HP MSA 1000. We need to of any of these devices because one would be at the headquarters and another one at the branch office so that we can replicate data for backup. We have 2 windows servers at each office.
One reason that we might go with the Xserve Raid by apple is that it uses SATA har drives that are cheaper then SCSI drive that MSA 1000 uses. But the upfront cost of the HP device seems to be cheaper. What advantages does the MSA 1000 have over the apple XServe Raid System?