External Server Storage Solution (VMWare/Xen Compatible)
Posted on 2009-07-02
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)