We are looking at replacing out existing physical server netowrk with a single rack with with 2 ESX Servers (Looking at the HP DL 385 G6 with 2 - 6 Core 2.1 GHz Processors and 32 GB RAM on each Server) to Virtualize 7-8 Production Servers and Several Tesing or Demonstration Virtual Images. The question I am having trouble answering is which SAN solution to use in the solution. We want to take advantage of vMotion and High Availability. I would prefere to work with iSCSI, but am not absolutely opposed to working with Fiber Channel.
Some SAN Solutions we are considering are:
Promise vTrac VTM310i (I know there is currently a driver issue with ESX 4 and this device, but Promise informed me that they have this resolved, and expect an update to be released next week)
Refurbished HP SAN (Still gathering information on this option)
I would love to work with a LeftHand SAN, but fear that they are priced beyond our budget, if anyone has any information on a LeftHand in the Entry Level Range, or a refurbished i would be greatly interested. I have worked with LeftHand SANs before and love the capabilities.
In the end we would like 4+ TB before RAID in capacity at the minimum, we are looking at RAID 10 for performance reasons.
Any information you may be able to send my way would be greatly appreciated. Please reply here or send me an email directly, firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also looking to offer solutions such as these with our other products to our customers, so if there is a channel program i should check out, also please include.