I am planning to buy the hardware for a 2 server SQL cluster and I need some info about the SAN options.
I am looking at budget option: EMC Clarion AX150. If I buy the fiber version and 4 HBA's I'm looking at spending around £7k before any disks (I already have a couple of fiber switches with spare ports).
I'd like to know if I could save money by buying the iSCSI version without affecting performance too much.
Will iSCSI have slower read/write speeds than fiber?
Do I need to buy iSCSI adapters for my servers or can I use the servers' on-board NIC's?
Can I use my existing Cisco rack switches for the iSCSI SAN?
Any help from you Wizards, Guru's and Masters would be appreciated. Thanks