Hi, i have the task of collecting in info about upgrading you current servers. At the moment we have several NAS devices new and old, using mostly server 2003 and one NT. Our main file server is running out of space, the NT server is lacking processor/ram/hard disk space and backups are taking a long time. We use ultrium 3 backups. we do full backups each night file server 550 Gig amd exchange 250 Gig, and about 100 Gig databases. The files database and exchange are becoming more and more mission critical so i would like a better form of disaster recovery.
I was thinking of buying a Dell MD3000i because of the cost benefits of iscsi ( assume i am creating a Vlan with a Gig Switch )
is it any good ,
what steps do i need to integrate it,
how would you manage backups?
What effects will this have on exchange and sql server 2000/2005
Does anyone know if this san supports boot from san?
Would you suggest using separete Nic cards or iscsi adapters as i have heard the isci processing hits the processors hard
It only supports 4 snapshots/ vitual copies per disk volume
Could you reccomend any whitepapers on the subject
I was going to replace the old NT server with a with a dell 2900 series tower and maybe get a another 2900 for backups during the day assuming the the snap / volume copy works well
How would you say the md3000i compares to AX150i