I have run into a brick wall with a client who refuses to spend more than $6000 for a new server but wants 99% uptime. The best way can come close to this is by virtualizing his server but I need to find a low end NAS box that has raid 5 capability and good IO.
In my typical environments, I have clients that are not afraid to pay for products, but not this time...
Here is what I plan to use for him:
- two Dell Optiplex GX740/8GBRAM/ADM x2 5200 processor/2x260GB HDD RAID1
- SBS 2008 standard
Now for shared storage I am looking for some NAS storage solutions that support RAID5 with good IO. I am aware of openfiler or freenas but I would rather introduce a product with a smaller footprint.
I would really prefer they permit something like the MD3000 from Dell but that is way too much for their budget. Anyone have any thoughts?
If I have to walk away from them I am completely prepared to do so..