*** Newbie with SAN technology here ***
Our foundation is in need of better storage management and redundant services. We're looking at a cost-effective SAN solution to accomplish the following;
- Allow for redundant Exchange server and SQL databases.
- Allow for easy future expandability.
- Host up to 4 hosts only
My question is; Would the following list of hardware be enough to accomplish our goals?
- HP Procurve 4208VL switch with gigabit ports - We can't afford a fiber frabic so we will go with ISCSI. I just don't know how the performance will be like running through this switch.
- Our HP DL380/385 servers with onboard teamed gigabit NICS - I can buy HP ISCSI license for these NICS. They are very cheap compared to buying FC based ones.
- HP StorageWorks 1200 - http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/aio1200/index.html
Is this thing good enough to do what we need it to do? I chose this one because it's using 2.5" SAS drives. I would like to avoid 3.5" SCSI drives if I can.
Also if there's a good Dell equivalent I'll be happy to hear it. Thanks a lot!
PS: We're a non-profit foundation so please...don't suggest HP EVA series stuff. :)