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Hi,

I recently purchased an IBM eServer X series 336 (1U). There's only room for 2 internal SCSI disks, which isn't ideal for hosting a large number virtual machines

I'm looking to add 'budget' speedy external storage to the server costing no more than ¬500 (with it's own power, not including disks), but I'm not 100% in how to go about this. I also want it to be able to support RAID 5, and/or RAID 10 if at all possible. I also want it to be relatively small - 3-to-5 disks at most, and not too many noisy fans.

I'm guessing that the best solution would be one of the following:

1) External SCSI Storage device connected to PCI-X SCSI controller on server that supports 5 SCSI devices
2) External SAS/SATA II Storage controller connected to PCI-X SAS/SATA II controller on server
that supports 5 SCSI devices.

Has anyone implemented a similar home office solution, or have any viable budget alternatives? (Links to suitable hardware would be much appreciated)
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Heh! That would be the kind of solution I'm looking for but not at that price - ¬500/$650 would be my upper limit!

I'm not just looking for a link to an external storage device - I'd like to get a short explanation from EE members that have implemented such a solution, and what external box did they use, what cables were needed, and what SCSI/RAID/SAS card they used, will the solution support virtualisation, etc?

And ballpark prices would help too!!
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The Euro symbol is coming up as "¬" so apologies for any pricing confusion...
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i use sata encloseure and have gotten them cheaper in the range you are looking for.
We use two on for storeage and one for backing up our server.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816201036

This is an example of one of one I use in a small office. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816132015

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I'm looking more for a direct attached solution as iSCSI is too expensive, but the second solution is pretty close to what I'm looking for! Have you ever implemented an external SAS enclosure?
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Yes several what are you exactly trying to do?

here more link http://www.pc-pitstop.com/sas_cables_enclosures/

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As my server doesn't have enough room for internal storage, I want to add a directly attached external storage unit that will give me the best budget, performance solution possible as I'll be hosting a number of virtual machines on the disks (Exchange, DC x 2, File server, Wiki server, Centos server).
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The server will more than likely be running Citrix Xen (or if I have driver issues, VMWare ESXi).
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I do not see a problem with second option I posted; as long as you have enought ram and processing power.
We have several clients that have gone this way to protect data.

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Thanks for your help ComputerTechie
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